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WOODLAND

05:43PM | 06/12/02
Member Since: 06/11/02
7 lifetime posts
Bvlawn
WE HAVE JUST PLAIN DIRT IN OUR FRONT YARD AND THE BACK. I DON'T THINK IT EVER HAD A LAWN BEFORE WE BOUGHT THE HOUSE. JUST DIRT AND ROCKS. THE WINDS ARE BAD MOST OF THE TIME, AND OUR SUMMERS ARE VERY HOT ALSO,110 DEGREES. WOULD LIKE TO PUT IN SOME LAWN AROUND THE HOUSE BUT DON'T KNOW HOW TO GO ABOUT IT. ANY IDEAS WOULD BE HELPFUL MUCH THANKS.

BobF

02:10AM | 06/14/02
Member Since: 10/19/98
223 lifetime posts
Those are harsh conditions that most of do not deal with. What works really well in the mid-west won't work in those extremes.

Check with some local nurseries. They will know whats best for your area.

JamesMcEuin

03:25AM | 04/19/03
Member Since: 04/18/03
3 lifetime posts
I am curious if you ever got an answer. I am originally from Dallas and now live in Louisville, KY. In Dallas, you have will have dry grass unless you are up watering late constantly or have an installed sprinkler system that is on a clock. And we are quite used to 110 degree weather and several months of dry spells though we get some humidity up from the gulf coast, but still no rain. So my first thing would be to agree with the others on checking the nurseries but also to invest in a sprinkler system. They cost anywhere from 3K to 5K installed in both Dallas and Louisville, but are probably higher in cost out in CA. They are a lifesaver in Dallas though. Other than that, consider your trees. Do you have to many that completely shade the yard area and prevent proper sunlight but not heat? On the otherhand, do you have none so that the ground is totally downbeaten by the direct sun? If too many and don't want to thin them out, then consider a shady ground cover or a really big deck and creative landscaping. On the Sunny side, consider installing a few trees that reduce the over burning of your grass. Make sure your trees are natural for your area and keep away from top rooting trees. For example, Sugar Maples are a standard here, but the roots often run along the top of the ground. This robs grass of needed water and also makes mowing a pain damaging the tree and the mower contantly. A little late, but just in case and I am curious....

WOODLAND

02:11PM | 04/21/03
Member Since: 06/11/02
7 lifetime posts
HI! NO, WE STILL HAVEN'T DONE ANYTHING TO OUR YARD.CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL. YOU MENTION ABOUT YOUR RAIN IN DALLAS.
WHERE I'M AT WE ARE LUCKY IF WE GET 3-4 INCHES OF RAIN IN THE YEAR, AND VERY LITTLE HUMIDITY. JUST PAST BARSTOW,CA. WHEN WET OR DAMP,OUR DIRT IS OK. BUT AS SOON AS IT DRIES OUT IT'S CONCRETE. OUR ONLY TREES ARE ATHELES(?)(TYPE OF SALT CEDARS). THEY'RE 30-35 FT. AWAY FROM HOUSE ON PROPERTY LINE(SOUTH & WEST) SO THERE IS NO SHADE AT ALL. USING CACTI & OTHER DROUGHT TOLERANT PLANTS/TREES MAY BE THE WAY TO GO. THANKS FOR REPLYING. DIDN'T THINK I WOULD GET AN ANSWER.
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