How to remove your grass lawn

LAWN BE GONE is the clever title of a class from the GREEN GARDEN ACADEMY.

This fun and informative series on Sustainable Gardening, organized by the City of Santa Monica Office of Sustainability and the Environment, takes place once a month at the Santa Monica Library.

You may register online, tickets are still available for these free classes.

I attended and these are some of the useful things I learned.
The grass lawns so prevalent in dry Southern California, a legacy from wet England, are causing waste and pollution.
It would be a good idea to replace them with less water-hungry plants.

Some choices to replace turf and Bermuda grass: buffalo grass, carex, yarrow, dymondia.

Better yet, replace the lawn with edible plants, create a vegetable garden.
A class on EDIBLE LANDSCAPING will take place on Saturday May 15.

If you do still want to keep your existing front lawn, at least you can learn how to use gardening tools that are not powered by gasoline.  They were demostrated during class and may be purchased from Green Station LA.

Photo: Blue fescue on Halm, landscaped by Alexis

Please let us know if you have done something like this in our neighborhood and we will feature your garden on this blog.

Text and photo by Elisa Leonelli

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lucille Harris on February 28, 2010 at 12:03 pm


    Please mentiion my lascape architect when you show the picture of my front garden. She has done magnficent work for me for several years.

    lucille harris


  2. Posted by Reynier Village Home & Garden Blog on February 28, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Lucille – Thank you for sharing your landscape architect with us. We looked at her web site and like her work so much, we added her to our “blog roll” so everyone can easily reach her site.


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