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Sep 13, 2014 12:21PM
Let's get real. All have their beauty but where are they? Not all of us live in those climates or have the money to put into it. I live in New England, rent a duplex, have a very small patch called 'lawn' (I'd guess whatever is green is weed) and any soil that existed has been worn away by my dog on her tie-out. Landlady could care less. At some point, someone put in a lilac tree, lily of the valley so they take up a small part of what I describe of 1/4 of pie- shape land. I love that older, heritage feel but the rest is impossible to grow anything in or on and not just because of the dog. I've tried to lighten up the place with the usual - tulips, etc. - anything to add some color but can't get a trowel into the ground - it's nothing but rock, rock and more rock. The only 'green' is along the edges, the rest is packed down dirt. I don't use it as a path to the door - I walk around it but it's the front & looks horrible. I had my own home in the same neighborhood for 30 yrs. & didn't have this problem. So I challenge Sunset to send a landscaper out here and see what he can do with this mess - he can bring along a concrete truck since its only hope is to make it look like a parking lot.  
May 16, 2014 2:05PM
We have rat problems so only grass works to keep away rats.
May 16, 2014 8:26AM
Would really be nice to see yards that can be affordable by the common man.   Most of these had to have a fork lift to place the stone walls and boulders of interest.   Plus some of them didn't look that easy to maintain because someone had to keep the weeds out of the beds.   How about something for people in the mountains of NC, or Florida?    Not everyone can afford these expensive looks.
May 14, 2014 12:41PM
Next can we do yards that are realistic in communities stuck under HOA's or with young families? None of these are practical for my family. And despite the fact that we are in the middle of a terrible drought our HOA still sends out letters demanding that we water our yard so that it's green during the month of August or face fines. (but we must be careful to only water on our given days so that we aren't fined by the city)
And I can just see my kids trying to play soccer or any other activity in some of those yards.
May 14, 2014 12:00PM
I don't see a single yard that is kid-friendly. Isn't that a great reason for a grass yard?
May 14, 2014 8:06AM
Those tall plants would be perfect hiding places for burglars.   And those long grasses are good habitat for ticks. 
May 14, 2014 6:38AM
have a look at North West England on google maps a quiet neighborhood without lawn mowers While Scott's is charging you to grow grass so U can spend your life away mowing it, I'm going moss over stone and it's beautiful. no food supply for noisy birds a +
Mar 30, 2014 12:39PM
smart, very smart (and maybe just plain the right thing to do...)  check out the New American garden style by James Van Sweden.
Mar 30, 2014 11:59AM
It doesn't usually rain that much its hotter everywhere the grass is not getting enough rain but sprinklers only help where people are the rest goes unwatered its kept pretty good with the rain but need a lot more for the pond to work its always dried up its rarely has water but when it does woow what a day you can have with a lake with the water boating recvreation at the rain of the times it hasn't ever rained in six months.
Mar 30, 2014 5:55AM
In Southern Arizona people don't have lawns unless they just moved here from somewhere that does.  Then after they find out what water costs,  they gravel everything over.  You can always tell the newbies because they have an expensive lawnmower for sale at their garage sale,  but it won't sell for more than $20.
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