So if you follow me on IG you know we recently had our daughter tested for allergies. This past spring we had a pretty bad scare with her which resulted in an asthma diagnoses. Once we figured out what was going on with her her doctor ordered an allergy test be so we can pin point exactly what it is that could potentially trigger another attack. After several months of waiting we were finally able to get in with a specialist last week.
The results of the test were not surprising in some areas (ahem…no cats please) and totally and completely surprising in others–specifically as it pertains to grasses and trees. Basically she’s allergic to allllll the trees. Well at least all the ones that are currently in our yard…and prominent in our neighborhood. And as for the grasses, shes pretty much allergic to the ones that are most commonly used in parks, ball fields, and yep-you -guessed-it, our yard. Poor thing.
For the last year or so I’ve been pressing Naomi pretty hard to give some serious consideration into ditching our lawn in favor of transforming our yard into a lawn free/xeriscape situation–particularly our front yard. At the time it was primarily due to the extreme drought much of our state was in, but now with Bry’s new diagnosis I have even more of a reason to want to make the switch. We are still trying to decide what avenue of approach we want to take for her treatment, but making some changes to our immediate outdoor spaces will certainly compliment her medical treatment as well.
I’ve loved the look of lawn free landscaping for a while now, but not all xeriscape is created equal. I much prefer the style that’s layered with native flowers, ornamental grasses, pretty pathways, succulents and other low maintenance ground cover to those primarly made up of gravel and decomposed granite. I’ve been pinning tons of inspiration so hopefully I can make my case to Naomi who is a gimmeallthelushgreenlawn kinda girl. Here are a few of my favs: