Post # 1
So I’m thinking about xeriscaping my small front yard.
This would involve ripping out the (deeply mediocre) lawn, and going with a combination of stone, groundcover, and ornamental grasses that use less water, but have more interest (IMO) than a lawn.
I hate lawn maintenance, and I’m interested in water conservation. But I’m worried about the neighbors. We would be the first to do it on the block, and it would stand out among the other neat little lawns.
So, as a homeowner, would you be POed if a neighbor did this? Indifferent? Inspired? Here’s an example of what I’m thinking of:
Post # 3
I would think that this improves the value of a home – I’m all for improvements that do that! I think it helps a neighborhood overall.
Post # 4
I LOVE xeriscaping! The few houses on our block which have it are the ones I think which have the most curb appeal. My parents are thinking about doing this in portions of their back yard, (they have a HUGE lawn right now) and I’m highly encouraging it.
edit to add: I have always preferred neighborhoods where each house has it’s own character as opposed to those track housing neighborhoods that have cookie cutter houses and lawn.
Post # 5
I don’t think people will really care. At our home in NJ, my mom planted a bunch of things that grew on their own because its nearly impossible to grow grass under pine trees (the trees are acidic and kill grass).
Post # 6
Does your neighborhood have a Homeowner’s Association? There may be restrictions about what you can do with the outside of your home which may explain why the other lawns are so vanilla.
As a neighbor I wouldn’t be PO-ed per se but it would look a little odd…it brings to mind the commercial where the neighbors had the goat on the roof. I can’t remember what the commercial was trying to sell.
Post # 7
I agree with JamaicaBride that you need to check to see if you live in a HOA. Most of them have restrictions against major landscaping changes.
Post # 8
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I like it! It wouldn’t really bother me at all if I was a neighbor!
Post # 9
I think this looks fabulous! Just a couple questions about it… Are you planning to have “play space” for the children in your family…(your own or those who will be visiting)? It’s a random thing but I think it’s something that you’ll want to consider… even if it’s just a small play area just big enough for a swing or a place to play “catch”. What is your initial plan… to do it all at once or over a long period of time? (I think if you are planning on taking a very long period to transform the lawn… I don’t mean plant growth… just the dirt piles and brick piles etc… then it would be annoying to the neighborhood.)
Post # 10
Thanks for the feedback!
@ JamaicaBride: No HOA. I live in a small urban neighborhood of historic bungalows.
@ MissBliss: Fair questions. I have no plans to have a child friendly space. We don’t really have children in our lives, and plan on buying a bigger home before we have kids. We do plan on doing the major renovations as fast as possible, not over several months or years.
Post # 11
My main concern would be home value. Something like you’re talking about seems like it would take a lot more skill, money, and maintenance than a simple lawn. And it would look worse neglected than a simple lawn. If it was well done and kept up, I wouldn’t care. But honestly I’d be a bit leery of whether you (and anyone you might sell your house to) would keep it up.
Post # 12
xeriscaping is the shizz. do it, it will save $$, and you will be happy. your neighbors will like it too, as long as you do it well!
Post # 13
I would think its cool…or I would be indifferent…as long as your lawn/yard is maintained in some way I dont think its anyone else’s business really!
Post # 14
I would think it was cool, but I think my FI would be irritated- he just doesn’t like that aesthetic. But what can you do, each person has their own taste, right?
I think you should go for it. You should make sure the plants stay sort of short so the neighbors don’t feel like they live next to a jungle, but other than that do what you want. Plus, it helps that you live in an urban environment. People are probably not as obsessed with their lawns, lol.
Post # 15
It would look a heckuva lot better than a sea of unkempt lawn! There are so many options out there for a project like this, you won’t have any trouble. Are you much of a gardener? Any sort of landscaping will require maintenance. I’d go for miniatures and plants that are slow spreaders. With lots and lots of mulch in the meantime.
Post # 16
Its beautiful but if you don’t like lawn maintence then how is this better? That seems to me as with any landscaping, a lot of upkeep. Your still going to have to put in a lot of work each year to keep it looking that way.