How did a state with millions of acres of desert end up with so many lawns? The answer, in part, has to do with nostalgia. But as you’ll see from the video, many Californians now are replacing that nostalgia with something new.

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A Brief History of the California Lawn 1 June,2015Nicole Reinert

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  • Karin Hoffman

    We are in Colorado and although we’ve had a lot of rain this spring many of us in my neighborhood and across the metro areas are continuing to “Kiss our Grass Good-bye’ — and we’re going native. Native plants, trees, ground covers and native grasses, like buffalo grass give is the color and fragrances that enhance the beauty of our homes. It’s exciting to see each house, one by one, loose the lawn. Follow this weekly program and connect with Sarah at Check out the Beautiful, Eco-friendly, Water-Wise, Low Maintenance Front Yard ideas she shares on her website and in her Award-winning book. Follow Sarah on Twitter, Facebook, Linked In and Pinterest too.

    In the interest of full disclosure—Tendril Press and I are proud to be the publisher for “The New American Front Yard: Kiss Your Grass Goodbye”—2013, Tendril Press.

  • Stephen Cocconi

    Great piece! I own the book The New American Front Yard. It has been a fantastically clear and useful guide for transforming my yard. i have saved money, water, and time tending my garden. I couldn’t recommended Ms. Sutton’s book more. If you are do-it-yourself-er like me, then this is the complete guide to design and construct a new front yard.

  • Paddy Eger

    Great news feature. Even in western WA we’re looking at water restrictions since we had so little snow pack this year. Sarah’s book, The Great American Front Yard, has useful ideas for all regions of our country. And, with changing our yards away from grass, we’re bound to save money as well as time and effort.

  • ardis bow

    Thank you for this wonderful spot on the transformation of lawns to beautiful drought tolerant yards! I love that you included useful information about where to source ideas to help in the process and specifically about Ms. Sutton’s book which is chock-full of great photos, fresh ideas and hands-on information.

  • Carolyn Dixon

    People need to embrace the golden grass of summer. As I let my grass dry up each year the ground is covered with crowned sparrows, juncos and robins picking grass seed. I feel for the birds who’s feeding grounds are replaced with cactus, gravel or fake grass. We need to let go of our idea that grass should be green all year.

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