We are embarking on an epic journey of destruction and, hopefully renewal. We are planning to remove almost everything from our yard, which consists almost exclusively of invasive species, and replace them with
natives that will reduce the need for watering and significantly reduce runoff to the Anacostia River.
We are working with the District of Columbia Department of the Environment's RiverSmart Homes Program, local non-profit Casey Trees, and D.C. Greenworks to make sure our plans are
sustainable, include native species, and reduce runoff to the Anacostia River.
If you want to see how bad it was before we started...
Getting a Plan!
We worked with Toni Bailey of Gracefully Green to come up with a sustainable design for our yard
that would be both beautiful and also appropriate for our high level of laziness, forgetfulness, and carelessness. Toni listened to our
incoherent blatherings and somehow came up with a design that we are really excited about.
To reduce the storm runoff from our house that would otherwise end up contributing to sewage overflows into the Anacostia River, we have installed a 650 gallon rainbarrel called the Fatboy Waterwall, or Fats Waller for short. We will document our saga here.