Lawn Be Gone

A traditional front yard with an expansive lawn was reimagined as a wildlife habitat garden that now attracts birds, conserves water and adds curb appeal. This project was completed in the fall of 2015, with supplemental funds from the SoCal Water$mart, Turf Removal Program of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Over 3,100 square feet of turf was mechanically removed, without the use of any chemicals. The soil was carefully cultivated and prepared with organic compost, worm castings and compost tea. Then it was shaped into gently sloping berms which help keep rainwater on site. A small swale was created to capture overflow from downspouts and was planted with Juncus paten