As people become more conscientious about water conservation, they're looking for ways to exchange their parched, thirsty lawns for plants that are lower-maintenance, drought-resistant, and will attract more "nature" to our gardens — the birds, bees and butterflies. As a result I've been getting lots of requests from people who want to remove their lawns. The "Cash for Grass" incentives currently being offered by many local and municipal water companies don't hurt either. The rebates being offered (usually from $1-$3 per square foot) can help to partially defray the cost of new landscaping.
But even without the rebate, you'd be tempted to replace your lawn anyway once you see how beautiful a "California-friendly" garden can be. The photos above are from recent garden makeovers. I'll be posting more in the coming weeks.