After years of delay and jawboning I finally got around to having the front yard of our home xeriscaped.
The good folks at Narrow Leaf landscaping came in and did it in just 9 hours with a great crew who used their experience to lay things out very thoughtfully. Drip irrigation was installed for all the plants and tree.
This will save us about 35% in water usage. Since we started our vegetable garden we were using way to much water and the city water bills started to reflect it. We can't really expect a payback on the work but it will save water. This kind of resource conservation is extremely important for future New Mexicans or anyone who lives in the western United States. We did not apply for a rebate offered by the City of Albuquerque because it didn't seem worth the hassle.
We are keeping the grass in the back yard for the grand kids visits. Simon the first grandchild will have fun in the grass as all kids should. I wish I had eyebrows like him. Mine are getting all bushy, white and gnarled.