Changing Times for America’s HOA’s
Does your HOA allow this? Well it’s about time they do, “times they are a changin” and we are running out of valuable resources. The days of sweeping lawns are passe and some neighborhoods associations are making a few very smart changes.
I featured many short video’s last year of my garden demonstrating that even in a drought the right plants will do well. The right plants are native and adapted and the soil needs to be living and rich with nutrients which begins with COMPOST!! Composting in the Spring and the very occasional fertilizing with Liquid Seaweed is all the work I do in my garden through out the Spring and Summer months. I like to enjoy my yard, not work in it all the time. Proper plant and tree choices are critical to the overall success of your garden. When you choose plants and trees that are indigenous to the area, you reduce the need for over amending, many pest control issues and when you properly space your plants, the maintenance is practically nothing.
I started this video in my front yard to show that my HOA here in Avery Ranch ( Austin Texas, now on stage 2 and many local area’s are at stage 3 watering ) has recently created a variance (with the persuasion of gardeners like me) and the good common sense of our now acting President and board members, allowing residents to Xeriscape 75% of their front yards leaving only 25% sod. By Creating a “variance” the board was able to “grant permission” for residents to make these changes without needing the majority vote from nearly 3500 homes, pretty genius really. They also allowed the variance to include the option of Buffalo grass in the front yard as well as the ability to completely transform your back yards into Xeriscape landscapes with no sod at all, or you could use AstroTurf in place of sod. Personally I could not be more proud to be part of a movement setting the trend for the way all HOA’s should be thinking in order to save water and reduce water hogging sods.
I received an email from a woman named Linda not long ago who is currently being sued by her HOA in San Antonio for not maintaining 90% GRASS and 10% garden beds. She is taking them on single-handed and while I admire the hell out of her determination, it is criminal in this day and age that HOA’s are burying their heads in the sand ( or sod as it were) and not dealing with the facts. The facts are that sod in the US is responsible for draining as much as 60% of our drinking water. This is based on the over all consumption of residential and commercial properties. This is clean drinking water we are pouring onto the ground. Other cultures would kill for this luxury and we are wasting it. Making small changes to the landscape by planting food and herbs instead of lawn (less water) , fruit trees instead of shade trees (equal water) and most importantly, replacing water hogging sod with Astro Turf (no water) or alternative landscapes such as native plants, mulch and stone can save billions of gallons of water each year. It is up to each home owner whether in an HOA or not to take a stand like Linda in San Antonio so that our children and grandchildren will not see the day when stories are told about the day the last drop of clean water was seen, the last time anyone saw a river, stream or lake and how we humans squandered this precious recourse to have oceans of green grass we could not eat. Here is a little inspiration…and in the ever so brilliant words of Dr. Seuss, ” Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
“Saving the Planet One Yard at a Time”
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