I’m finally getting down to doing what I should have done ages ago: dramatically reduce the amount of lawn space in my backyard. With California in a permanent drought situation, it’s time for thirsty grass to give way to hardscaping and native low-water vegetation. Given that I’m not one bit handy with anything other than art tools, I’m glad Russell is here to do what he does.
Here he is replacing the cracked concrete patio with pavers. I’m learning the names of the tools he uses. My favorite name so far? The Paver Persuader, a tool that helps nudge pavers into their exact position.
Here, Russ cuts pavers on the diamond-edged saw while Julio carefully fits them together.
It’s a slow process, but I’m looking forward to a backyard we can use again later this summer and a lower water bill from here on. Most of all, I’m looking forward to a trip to Annie’s Annuals to pick my native low-water plants. I’ll be adding some stuff for local pollinators too, so if you know of natives and pollinators you recommend for hot South San Jose, let me know!