Santa Rosa Lawn Conversion


Santa Rosa | Water-Wise Front Garden

This east Santa Rosa residence is an excellent example of a front lawn conversion.

Mary and Angie reached out to the Sonoma Master Gardeners regarding the conversion of their front lawn. Volunteers from the Sonoma County Master Gardeners Garden Sense program provided feedback and suggestions on landscape, drip irrigation, design and drought tolerant vegetation. The objective was to convert lawn to not only an attractive and alluring yard, but a drought and deer resistant space as well. Mary and Angie received a rebate from the City of Santa Rosa for removing the lawn and installing a water wise drip system.

Mary has been an avid Gardner for over 30 years, with experience in designing and maintaining gardens in multiple climates and altitudes. Both Mary and Angie have a strong interest and professional experience with organic plants, herbs and conservation. Using the suggestions from the Sonoma County Master Gardeners, Mary created her own personal design using vegetation that she felt fit the neighborhood and personal taste. A contractor was hired to remove the grass from the garden and deposit the additional soil and pea gravel. Using the design Mary created; she planted over 50 plants and installed the drip system less than a year ago.

This garden is in a quiet residential street and can be viewed from the street and sidewalk.

Plant List

A printable plant list is available to download for this garden.


Free Garden Sense Consultations!

Garden SenseGarden Sense is a FREE program offered by the Sonoma County Master Gardeners. Our friendly Garden Sense consultants have advanced training in water management, irrigation systems, site assessment,  low-water use plants, and sustainable garden practices. We can show you how to easily conserve water (and save money) by creating a climate-appropriate garden that is healthy, environmentally sound, and most of all – beautiful!

To request a Garden Sense consultation please call 707-565-3026 or click HERE. For more information regarding the Garden Sense program please visit their webpage.