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Lawnless Landscaping

Six examples of lawn-free front and backyards

Lawnless landscaping pictures

If you drive across America you'll see lawn after lawn. Long since the norm for front and backyards alike, lawns are green, easy to grow, and leave open space for playing. However, with the increased interest in sustainability, many homeowners are rethinking their options. Going lawnless will cut back on your water usage, the time you spend maintaining your yard and the amount of chemicals you use to keep it looking good. Check out these lawn alternatives and take a look at the examples of lawnless landscaping below.

This home has a calming, intimate front courtyard without any lawn. The plants selected for this space are low-maintenance yet lush and fragrant. Surrounded by stucco walls, the garden features a striking red gate, a curved simulated stone walkway and a custom water feature.

Having a lawn in the desert doesn't make a lot of sense. For their front yard, this AZ family opted for colorful plants, a flagstone patio and local boulders. The end result proves that having a vibrant and inviting garden in the desert is indeed a possibility.

The former lawn in this backyard was patchy and worn. The owners wanted something attractive, low-maintenance and functional. What they got was a fire pit space paved with decomposed granite and surrounded California natives and South African plants that offer color, texture and architectural presence.

These homeowners knew they didn't want a lawn. Their children were grown and there was no reason for it anymore. Their new lawnless landscape features poured-in-place concrete pavers, native meadow plantings, citrus trees, a custom water feature and built-in seating.

The bachelor who owns this home didn't want to spend time maintaining a lawn. Instead his landscape architect suggested a grid of blue fescue grass, which requires little water and no mowing. This front yard also features a raised patio with ocean views and unique gabion walls.

The lawnless landscaping trend is catching on in many parts of the country, especially those with drought conditions. If you live in California, Arizona or Texas you're probably familiar with this option. Many cities in states such as these offer monetary incentives for going lawnless, check with your local water department for rebate information.

Check out a drought tolerant garden in Malibu, CA with a lawnless courtyard.

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