We are considering removing our front lawn and putting in drought tolerant, native plants to reduce our water use and lower maintenance. where can we find support and advice to do this?
Alternatives to grass lawns are popular right now, though there isn't one right way to do it. Homeowners have options ranging from hiring an experienced landscaper/designer to taking a multi-year DIY approach, removing turf over time and learning about what grows on your site and what doesn't.
Check with Upper Willamette Soil and Conservation for a possible site visit. Planting perennials and woody shrubs in the early fall can mean reduced watering for the first years as the roots establish. This gives you this summer for learning, choosing plants, visiting successful no-grass yards. Our very dry season means that nearly all plants thrive best with at least occasional deep watering, so zero irrigation is not a reasonable goal. Oh, and don't forget to check with neighborhood association or city about policies including water run-off and landscape design requirements.