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 of 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 draining. In some situations it never looks good no matter what you do. These photos of gardens devoid of lawn may provide some insights for alternatives to the standard turf.