(Closed) Homeowner question: ripping out the lawn

posted 8 years ago in Home
  • poll: What would you think if a neighbor xeriscaped?
    I would be upset, it sicks out in the neighborhood. : (4 votes)
    8 %
    I would be indifferent : (10 votes)
    20 %
    I would think it is cool : (35 votes)
    69 %
    I have no idea what you are talking about : (2 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    1940 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    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
    Member
    5494 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    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
    Hostess
    18637 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    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
    Member
    3709 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
    Hostess
    18637 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    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
    Member
    4765 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

    I like it! It wouldn’t really bother me at all if I was a neighbor!

    Post # 9
    Member
    875 posts
    Busy bee

    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 # 11
    Member
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    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
    Member
    103 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    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
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    2054 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    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
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    1426 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I would think it was cool, but I think my Fiance 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
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    2280 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    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
    Member
    1944 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    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.

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