Creating a lawn-free garden can be a challenge. Turf grass lawns are nice for kids to play on but they are not always necessary for play especially if there is a park, woodland or schoolyard nearby. Lawn maintenance is constant whether you are paying for a lawn service or doing your own mowing. In the growing season mowing is required weekly- if the lawn has been rained on mowing can create a muddy mess. Turf grass will struggle and thin due to a lack of sun and/or poor drainage-in some situations it never looks good no matter what you do. These photos of gardens devoid of lawn may provide some insight for alternatives to the standard turf.