If you live in a neighborhood with a homeowners associations, you know they’ll make sure you keep your yard up to snuff… but, that can be really restrictive, especially if you want to put in
landscaping that uses less water.
“Everything that I’m planting here is designed to blend in with the neighborhood, to have some seasonal interest, and to require water no more than once every two weeks,” said David Hopman, a landscaping architect professor at UT-Arlington.
In 2013, Texas lawmakers decided HOA’s need to stop restricting drought-tolerant plants.
That doesn’t mean you should turn your yard into an unkempt field. You can do it without upsetting your neighbors.
Hopman is turning his yard into a water-saver.
“When we moved it, this was all lawn. We put in the walkway. We’re putting in these plants,” said Hopman. “As long as i have this grass, I have to water it at least once a week. As soon as I remove the grass and replace it with the ground-cover, I will be able to water once every two weeks or maybe less.”
He’s putting in plants that are not only Texas-native, but North Texas native.
“One of the mistakes is just looking at things that are drought-tolerant and not looking at things that are native to this area,” said Hopman.
And he’s doing it in an… orderly fashion.
Because, while being a friend to the earth, Hopman also wants to be a friend to his neighbors.