If you have a sprinkler system that is set on automatic, you may want to operate it on manual for a time to conserve water. Lawns staying too wet can promote diseases in the grass. A good rule to follow is not to water until the grass shows your footprint when walked over in early morning.
A historical note: Many of us have driveways that are lower than the adjacent yard, making it difficult to water the edges without the water running into the driveway and out to the street. This can possibly be the result of what was a common practice, especially in the 1950s. In early spring each year dump trucks would go through neighborhoods with signs saying they had good farm soil for sale. It was thought that this was a good way enrich and fertilize yards. It didn’t take but a couple of years for the condition to develop that we now see. The moral of this story is to only add topsoil to the lawn to fill low spots and feed with an organic fertilizer about two to three times a year.
Take a look at 521 Wickes St. Here is another xeric garden to get ideas from.
Mike Shoupe, owner of the Antique Rose Emporium in Independence recently gave an informative talk on old garden roses at Villa Finale. Two points he made about cultivating roses were that October is the best month to plant roses, and to leave them alone from June to September. Then trim them to promote fall blooms.
Garden Note: Cultivate a garden for the nose.