15 Great Ideas for a Lawn-Free Yard. No matter what you've been raised to think about kids or pets or your own eyes needing a green expanse of lawn to be happy outdoors, rethink it! There's a more eco-friendly, lower maintenance alternative for every need, even every desire, if you just do your homework. This Houzz feature post can get you started.
By turning a sloped plot into a modern play den, a designer created usable family space where none existed before. In this Greenbrae, CA, front yard, the designer placed concrete planters along the sidewalk, and filled them with ‘Firebird’ phormiums to create friendly screening without totally blocking off the yard. The raised patio is edged with concrete to help level the area and create a flat lawn and distinct spots for the family to dine, entertain, and play.