Grass Free Yards
Grass-free yards are much easier to maintain than yards with grass. You will not have to water them or worry about spending your weekends mowing the lawn. There are quite a few things you can do, sans grass, to still have an incredibly attractive yard.
Flagstones have a very neat appearance and are incredibly easy to maintain. They are also great for outdoor entertaining because they will allow you to put outdoor furniture and even an outdoor kitchen in your yard.
Gravel is another great option to fill your yard with. Like flagstone, gravel is incredibly low maintenance. Depending on the look of your home, this can also help create a Mid-Century Modern feel.
If you don't want to totally say goodbye to greenery, consider installing raised planters. You can use these to grow food you will actually eat or to add a pop of color to your yard. Consult with someone at your local gardening center on what plants will do best in your climate and in planters.
Cedar, bark chips, and other mulches can also be used to replace grass. Be careful that you are not using mulches that are dangerous to pets if you have them.
You can fill in your yard with concrete. Like with flagstones, this is a great option if you like to entertain because it opens up a large amount of space for you and your guests and creates an area where you can place outdoor furniture.
You can go big and add something like a pool to your grass-free yard, or smaller by adding something like a bird fountain. Either way, a water feature will look great and bring some interest to your yard.
If you want the look of grass without the work associated with it, artificial turf may be for you. Some municipalities will actually give you money or tax benefits for ripping out your grass in favor of turf. Turf is much easier to care for than grass and looks great.