Being water-wise does not mean you cannot have a lawn. But it does mean that you give the high water demand of a turf area some thoughtful consideration. Rule #1: Keep it small – 500 to 600 sq ft of lawn is plenty. Rule #2: Allow the lawn that you do have to be a real jewel in the landscape. Show it off. A small lawn that has a distinctive geometric shape, a perfect square or circle for example, is going to be much more effective from a visual stand-point than the endless amoeba like creations that are typical in the average yard.
This project had a lot going for it before I began the new design. The pool was existing and beautifully done, but there were old rotting deck areas that needed removal. Typical of most residential landscapes, there was turf everywhere. To the tune of 1,755 sq ft. We reduced that by 1,500 sq ft. Playing with shapes, there are 2 circles that intersect in the new design: the new patio space and the perfectly round turf area bordered in the same flagstone. The new lawn is very useable at 18 ft in diameter with a total square footage of 255 . We added an area for a vegetable garden, created a pathway and new plantings in a sideyard and created more interest on an existing slope with the addition of landscape boulders and new low-water demand shrubs and ground covers.