Removing or reducing lawn is certainly the hottest landscape trend in San Diego. Once the lawn is gone, we scratch our heads and ask “What now?” How do we replace the lawn with a good alternative? Turf plays important aesthetic and functional purposes, making it critical to thoroughly analyze exactly what will replace it. The best ‘lawn be gone’ designs take the monochromatic turf space and turn it into a visual treat of naturalistic planting schemes, rockscapes mixed with plants, or even patio spaces and outdoor rooms. The worst designs turn the space into a singular type of gravel or an unkempt thicket of unappealing shrubs.
It is crucial to take time to investigate those lawn substitute designs that work, and decide what the individual space will be used for before embarking on this important design change. Among the possibilities: