Del Mar Sideyard Turf Conversion

Transitioning a little used side yard into a water harvesting, drought-tolerant feature

Del Mar Water Wise Turf Conversion

Our client had a underused side yard strip of turf with intense sun and wind exposure that she wanted to convert to a water wise landscape. After an initialdesign consultation, we recommended harvesting roof water that was going to the storm drain, and instead route it through underground drain pipe to a dry creek bed to feed the soil. In addition to the water harvesting feature, our team installed decomposed granite pathways, mulched planting areas, and efficient drip line irrigation.

Del Mar backyard landscape one year after installation.

Project Description

Conversion of grass side yard to drought tolerant plantings and rainwater harvesting feature. Installation of sloping decomposed granite (DG) pathway, boulder installation, mulch and rainwater downspout connection to dry creek bed.

Project Details

Location Del Mar, CA
Date Completed 03/2016
Features Rainwater harvesting dry creek bed, turf removal, boulders, decomposed granite pathways, efficient irrigation, drought tolerant plantings
Budget $$$


"We hired Ecology Artisans to redesign the landscaping and gardening areas of our backyard outdoor living space. We could not be happier with the way it turned out. The EA team listened to what we had to say and put a lot of thought and intention into their planning and work. The outdoor living areas are more user friendly and comfortable than ever. I'm looking forward to working with them in the future on the front part of our house.
I'd highly recommend EA for their professionalism, thoughtfulness, and dedication to quality work!"

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