Photos: Ready to scratch the grass? Here are 28 inspiring lawn-free yards
A large front yard covered with Bermuda grass and weeds was swapped for water-wise UC Verde buffalo grass, concrete pavers and drought-tolerant plants. See what it looked like before here.(Maggie Lobl )
Venice homeowner Stever Morris removed his lawn and replaced it with succulents and pebbles. Full story here.(Steve Morris )
Giovanna Melton removed her lawn and replaced it with lavender, poppies, agave, rosemary and artemesia, among many others. Full story and more photos here.(Giovanna Melton)
In Woodland Hills, architect Carmel McFayden and husband Frank Donner collaborated with landscape designer Louisa Relia of SEED Design Collaborative, to create a functional outdoor space where they could sit and visit with neighbors. See the before and after here.(Carmel McFayden / Carmel McFayden)
A Santa Ana couple created a drought-tolerant “Rancho Relaxo” from 3,500 square feet of turf. See the full transformation here.(Chela Bañuelos)
Following several trials and errors, Pasadena homeowner Linda Paquette transformed her Pasadena front lawn into a drought-tolerant landscape. See the full transformation here.(Linda Paquette)
Stefani and Peter Gruenberg removed their front lawn and installed flagstone walkways, drought-tolerant groundcover dymondia margaretae and an assortment of rocks and pebbles. The drought provided fresh inspiration for Stefani, a longtime ceramics artist, to create a sculpture garden. Read the full story here.(Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
Cheviot Hills homeowners removed their front lawn and replaced it with a no-mow meadow that requires little water or maintenance and provides visual interest year-round. See the full transformation here.(Jonathan Harnish )
A water-thirsty turf lawn in Toluca Lake is transformed into a lush, low-water English garden. See the before and after photographs here.(Everett Fenton Gidley )
Section by section, Andrew Epstein converted his Studio City front yard from a lush, English garden into a drought-tolerant landscape. Read the full story here.(Andrew Epstein)
Olive trees frame a stone-lined courtyard in Atwater Village. Before and after photos here.(Mariah Tauger / For The Times)
This drought-tolerant garden in Burbank has proved popular with birds. Read the full story here.(Jennifer Tait )
David Pixley tends to his front garden in Burbank. He has been cultivating the drought-tolerant garden for years with cuttings from the Huntington and other places. It is a wild and crazy mix of things -- succulents, tropicals and more. Read the full story here.(Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)
Using a turf removal rebate, Lorna and Phil Sikorski took out their front lawn in Tustin and replaced it with mulch, gravel and drought-tolerant plants. See the before and after photos here.(Phil Sikorski)
A selection of California native and some non-native, drought-tolerant plants create a warm welcome in Manhattan Beach. See the before and after photos here.(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Native plants, crushed gravel and recycled concrete in this Brentwood garden create a comfortable oasis for birds and butterflies. More photos here.(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Peggy Casey and Erik Hillard’s Altadena garden is situated on nearly 3/4 of an acre and features drop-dead gorgeous gardens in both the front and the back. See more photos here.(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Landscape designer Tony Exter transformed this Los Feliz front yard with aloes, agaves, gravel pathways and dwarf olive hedges. More photos here.
(Mariah Tauger / For The Times)
Linda Glaser, pictured, removed her 3,000-square-foot front yard lawn and put in native and California-friendly plants, edibles, a bioswale, and other water capture features. Full story here.(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Julie Burleigh has created a sanctuary surrounding the West Adams home she shares with her partner, photographer Catherine Opie, and their son. More photos here.(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
This home in Mar Vista is framed by edibles and drought-tolerant plants.(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Low-water California native wildflowers and plants, a decomposed granite path and a gabion made of basketed rocks, frames Andreas Hessing’s home in Altadena. Read more about the garden here.(Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
A Long Beach couple transformed their front landscape into a drought-tolerant work of art that includes bold, graphic, circles of rock and artificial grass. Read the full story here.(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Garden designer Mimi Kahn installed a low-mow festuca rubra (creeping red fescue) because this Santa Monica family wanted to avoid unnecessary watering and noisy lawn mowers. More photos here.(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
A Laguna Beach garden is filled with drought-tolerant and fire-resistant plants designed to further the Mexican feel of the home. Full story here.(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
In Sierra Madre, artificial turf and concrete pavers create a whimsical checkerboard pattern. Full story here.(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Square cement pavers and a concrete fountain that doubles as a bench reside in this Venice garden created by Naomi Sanders. See the full story here.(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
In Geneva Martin’s Redondo Beach ranch house, lawn once covered 75% of the 2,500-square-foot lot. She removed the lawn and planted a coastal-friendly design using mostly native plants. More on native gardens here.(Melissa Carnehl )
Ready to ditch your lawn and save water?
We’ve gone through our archives and compiled some magical turf-removal transformations.
In most cases, the homeowners we talked to experienced a renewed connection to nature and their neighbors after they removed their lawn and replaced it with a drought-tolerant alternative.
Have a turf-removal transformation of your own to share? Submit photos of your drought-tolerant garden makeover to Home@latimes.com. Bonus points if you include a “before” image as well.
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