Life after lawn: a Davis backyard transformation
Last fall, Ria de Grassi filled her yard with UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars and other low-water, regionally appropriate plants. Here, she enjoys the space while reading in her outdoor seating area. Katie Hetrick, UC Davis/Courtesy photo
Look around your neighborhood and it’s easy to see the toll that four-plus years of drought have taken on our outdoor spaces.
When it came to cutting back water use, we eliminated the top consumer — lawn-focused landscapes. But now what? Are “gold” lawns the new normal?
Facing those same questions a year ago, Ria de Grassi, a longtime Davis resident, removed her backyard lawn and hopes that sharing her experience can help others who struggled with where to begin.
“I’m a single homeowner who works full-time and enjoys traveling,” de Grassi said. “I knew I couldn’t start this project without help, but I also knew the first thing any contractor would ask is what I was looking for in my life without a lawn. Continue Reading