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Aug 31

The Art of Lawn Replacement

Posted on August 31, 2016 at 10:25 AM by Ann Vallee

poppy for blogMarin-Friendly Garden in Fairfax

the art of lawn replacement 01This quaint garden in Fairfax proves that good things really do come in small packages! An exceptional example of a turf replacement project, its balance of landscape and art is truly inspirational. Interested in taking advantage of the State of California’s Turf Replacement Rebate, the owner decided to transform the previous lawn into a beautiful spiraling pathway. Matching the theme of mosaics found throughout the garden, each recycled stone is individually decorated with unique clusters of patterned tile or recycled beads, and the pathway is set in sand to make it permeable. Also replacing part of the lawn are native, low-water-use plants and a few veggie crops. Along the lower section of the garden is a creative solution to keeping unwanted visitors at bay: Swathed in vibrant Wisteria vines, a column and cable retaining wall keeps deer out without sacrificing the view!

Take a video tour of this Marin-Friendly garden below and scroll down for more photos.

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 Before and after

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Anonymous User
September 8, 2016 at 8:31 AM
Anonymous User
September 8, 2016 at 3:59 PM
Great design! Love it! Want to see my by this designer. Any other examples?
Teliha Draheim
October 9, 2016 at 2:07 PM
Hi there, I just saw your post from 9/8. I am both home owner and landscape designer of this garden. Thanks for your wonderful comments! Please visit my website for more examples of my work:

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