Drought Resistant Front yard
I live in the high desert of California, and I finally decided to do the socially responsible thing and take out my water guzzling front yard. Following are some components of my new yard, and some issues I am unsure of. Suggestions/input are welcome.
1. 5" curb separating my yard from neighbors lawn.
2. Robust 18-year old western ash will stay. Sprinkler bubbler set up near base of tree.
3. Old sprinkler lines intact and location recorded.
4. Pre-emergent spray will be applied.
5. Will lay down commercial grade weed block fabric.
6. "California Gold" decorative rock over most of lawn.
7. Flagstone wall to be built around tree (stacked about 4 high).
8. Matching flagstone steps to tree and spigot. Just laid down on rock - no mortar.
9. One main sprinkler line intact that will serve as bubbler to potted plant (to add some color)
- Evergreen shrubs, roses, etc will remain along porch and in front of house (we'll still have some color)
11 River rock will be used in shrub area along house to add some contrast.
I'm especially curious about standard approaches to delivering water to an established tree (is at the base sufficient?) and the use of weed block fabric.