May 9, 2010
Another article last week about a non-grass-landscape person getting in trouble with her homeowners association, which doesn’t like the rocks/cactus style of landscaping.
Why do people move to the desert if they want greenery? I’ve never been able to figure that one out. Either move someplace where it rains more, or adapt to your current environment.
I’m the first one to admit that a lush green lawn is easy on the eyes and good for the soul (and way better for outdoor games). And I don’t think that a bunch of rocks with a cactus or bush stuck in the middle is particularly attractive, either. But, I'm also the one yelling loudest about the water bill.
In any case, I can see a time in the not-too-distant future when people in dry climates are required to have water-saving lawns. Then the homeowners associations will be scrambling to shift the focus of their disapproval to those water-wasting, pesticide-loving, water-table polluting green-lawn aficionados instead of the heartless, soulless, property-value-dropping xeriscapers. So they’d better start practicing for the change.
And I’d better start finding out what will be easy to play croquet on.