July 2012 Yard of the Month

Submitted by Westcreek resident Barbara Huffman on July 28, 2012

6101 Sun Vista, home of the Busa family, is the month of July’s Yard of the Month. Last summer’s brutal heat took its toll on the landscape in both the back and front yard, so the family made the decision to take out the St. Augustine lawn in the front yard and use that grass to fill in the gaps in the back yard.

The front yard was then planted with 1.5 pallets of Zoysia grass. Zoysia needs half the water of St. Augustine and is much more heat tolerant. They also devoted about half the yard to a mulched flower bed lined with native rocks they collected from their acreage in San Marcos. Veronica, a senior at LASA High School, did the research for the plants that would go into the bed. Among many others, I found yuccas, milkweed, verbena, lantana, mountain rose, algarita, bulbine and columbine. These were purchased at the Clint Small plant sale and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Some were even dug up and transplanted from their San Marcos property!

Congratulations to Ron and Helen, Veronica and Thomas for their YOM award that includes a free oil change at Klingemann’s and a $50 gift certificate from Emerald Gardens.