My Latest Project: Goodbye Grass and Hello Drought-Tolerant Landscaping
Last week was a busy one for me. I had several appointments scheduled, and then I got the ‘mother’ of all colds.
I don’t get sick colds very often. So, that is probably why when I do get them every few years – I get a severe one.
My constant companions the past week.
I am finally among the living after a week of fighting through all that this cold could throw at me, and I feel weak and drained – BUT, I can now walk through the house without carrying a box of tissues. *Being able to breathe through your nose is so delightful when it has been stopped up for a week (cold medicine just doesn’t seem to work all that well for me).
Despite this terrible cold, I was able to make it through my appointments, although I prayed that my nose wouldn’t start dripping in front of my clients. Whenever I started to feel weak or faint, I would come up with an excuse to sit for a minute or two by saying, “Let’s sit for a minute and see what the view of the landscape looks like from this perspective.”
I promise that I used a lot of hand-sanitizer before shaking hands with everyone 😉
Alright, enough complaining about my cold. I am excited to show you my latest project.
Okay, I admit that it doesn’t look too exciting right now.
As you can see, the project is on a golf course. This particular course is removing 50 acres of turf and planting drought-tolerant landscapes in their place in their attempt to save water. The area pictured above is just one of many that I will be working on throughout the summer.
As part of the turf removal, the golf course will be re-designing its entire irrigation system. (It hasn’t happened yet in this area, which is why it is wet.)
Along the entire length of this area, will run a river-rock lined wash, which will help to channel stormwater.
I have been working on a plant palette that includes native, drought-tolerant succulents, shrubs, and groundcovers that will require minimal water once established.
Railroad ties, that separate homeowner properties will be removed to help the transition toward the golf course landscape visually. To that end, I will include a few of the same plants already present in the adjoining properties to create the illusion of a seamless landscape.
The goal is to create a beautiful landscape area that has minimal water and maintenance requirements. To say that I am excited about working on this project is an understatement.
Interestingly, my first job out of college was working as a horticulturist for a golf course. Although I had unlimited opportunities to golf for free – I never did. Other than indulging in an occasional round of miniature golf – I don’t play golf at all.
I may not play golf or completely understand the passion for the game – I have come to know the unique challenges that landscaping around golf courses entail – overspray from sprinklers, carts driving through landscape areas when they aren’t allowed, knowing what plants to use in areas that are in play, etc.
Next time, I will share with the plant palette of drought-tolerant natives that will be used in these areas. Who knows? You may be inspired to use some of these plants in your landscape!
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Great that the course is getting rid of water sucking grass in favor of drought tolerant plants. And yay for you getting the job!