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Apr 23

Garden Tour Sneak Peek: The Art of Lawn Replacement

Posted on April 23, 2019 at 9:40 AM by Ann Vallee

Garden Tour Preview This 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, owner and professional landscaper Teliha 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.


On the day of the Eco-Friendly Garden Tour, May 4, Teliha will be giving a presentation called "The Art of Lawn Replacement" at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.—definitely one not to miss! Don't forget to register for the free tour to see this beautiful garden in person and to learn more about lawn replacement techniques.

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