Alternatives to Lawns in California

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.

shady California garden

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.

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

Peninsula Living Business Page



Comment balloon 4 commentsLottie Kendall • November 20 2013 08:44AM


Lottie,  It's all nature ... its' all good.  Lawns are beautiful but they do need to drink a lot of water and require frequent hair cuts.  

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 6 years ago

We are seeing some zeroscape lawns in Park City and they are a great idea.  I need a lawn with my two little girls but in retrospect might have made it a bit smaller.

Posted by Scott Larson, Park City, Utah Real Estate News (BHHS/Utah Properties) over 6 years ago

Lottie - A beautiful alternative to a lush lawn and it won't take a lot of time to take care of it!  Saving water, time, and money!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 6 years ago

Kathleen, we're seeing many more creative garden spaces on the Peninsula now - low-water-use flowering shrubs and herbs -interspersed with small trees like Meyer lemons or Persimmons - very colorful, interesting yards that attract butterflies, hummingbirds, etc. Nice alternatives to postage-stamp size lawns.

Scott, we were raising our granddaughter when we re-landscaped; I told the designer that I wanted a lawn large enough for a kid to do 2 linked cartwheels--we got a bigger one, but much less lawn than before; just right for our needs

Laura, there are many alternatives to lawns that work beautifully.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago