Lush, green lawns are beautiful, but they aren't well suited to many areas of the western United States. It takes a lot of water to maintain a lawn, water we simply don't have.
Luckily, there are some wonderful alternatives to lawns, such as this shady area at a Sonoma County house.
Imagine sitting here, sipping a cool beverage, reading a book. Or why not string up a hammock between a couple of trees and indulge in some daydreaming?
Life is good in California, especially when we work with nature instead of trying to force it to be something else.