Jack E. Lewis is a connoisseur of small fruits. He has grown many varieties and makes notes on their characteristics. He is a Master Gardener in Utah County and has taught numerous seminars to help others learn about raising these fruits.
He has given up the traditional lawn, and his entire front yard is filled with trees. Most of them are choice fruiting varieties."Water is relatively expensive in Alpine so I wanted to do my part to conserve water and cut down on expenses. Although our entire property is planted with trees, currants, raspberries, vegetables and many different kinds of flowers, our water use is minimal. Typically our water bill is around $50 per month. Most of the neighbors in the area with similar sized lots and big lawns have water bills in excess of $200 per month," Lewis said.
"The soil here is challenging. It is a heavy clay and holds the water very well. For that reason I installed a drip system. I am extremely happy with the results. I have two emitters for each of my large trees. Since they are on a slope, the emitters are on the high side of the tree. This wets a large enough soil profile to keep the trees doing well throughout the year."
Not everyone is going to devote the entire garden to fruit trees and other food-producing plants, but don't ask Lewis if he misses his lawn. He says he would far rather prune and care for the fruit trees than mow a lawn every week. Besides that, he says, he can't eat the grass.