The Neighbors Dug Out Their Lawn And Put In A WHAT?

A vineyard!
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The neighbors dug out the lawn and put in a vineyard, and they did it just right, too.  The rows are oriented north to south, to maximize sun exposure:
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The drip irrigation is just like what you might see in Napa--that black pipe along the bottom of the trellis:
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Entirely professional, right down to the hardware on the end posts and the tubes protecting the base of the plants. 
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It's beautifully done.  Why not have a vineyard instead of a lawn?  Honey!  Get the shovels!





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  1. Well-done, but did they accent it with any ornamental plantings (like the ubiquitous lavenders, etc)? A neighbor here showed me his backyard planting (cul-de-sac lot - a large back yard) years ago - the sloping expanse with nothing but all kinds of wine grapes...it was about perfect.

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    1. There was a pre-existing planter maybe 3'x10' of the also ubiquitous Agapanthus by the front door. Great idea about lavenders--lovely plus drawing pollinators for the grapes. The Agapanthus only bloom for about three or four weeks, and later than grapes.

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  2. A homeowner in the St. Louis area recently won a long battle with his city over his front yard vegetable garden. We could all benefit from monoculture relief, couldn't we? Here's his story with photos: http://tinyurl.com/cw3wlev

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    1. Well exactly. Have a lawn if you want, or a veggie patch, or a vineyard, or a rose garden...odd how Americans are so fanatic about being individuals, but so many of us to conform to front lawns...

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  3. And you have the climate for it down there, too. Wonder what variety of grapes they planted?

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    1. I wonder too! Didn't see any tags on the plants. Not hot enough here for Cabernet or Merlot...

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  4. Love it! Wish someone would do this in my neighborhood - Mar Vista (adjacent to Venice Beach), which is quite eclectic in style and rather village-like. I think people would be very intrigued and excited. We've got a number of front yard orchards and vegetable gardens, even a few chicken flocks, but so far, no vineyards.

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    1. Beloved lived in Mar Vista in the olden times (1980s). He got his car stereo stolen three times. Otherwise, he liked the area. Sounds like it might be better now. :)

      Need the right grape for the coast, probably a German cool-summer type?

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