We recently went to California for a family wedding. One of the first things our 15 year old son said when he learned about the trip was that he couldn’t wait to see the rock lawns in Grandma’s neighborhood. I thought this was a strange thing for him to say…until I connected the dots. He is responsible for mowing the lawn every week at our house in Missouri. It’s not his favorite thing to do. So, while we were visiting, we drove through the retirement community where Grandma lives and looked at all those beautiful, low maintenance rock lawns, that look the same week after week. No mowing required. Growing up in this town, I remember when this neighborhood was new. As kids, we thought the rock lawns were hilarious. It’s funny how time changes things. Now I can see the benefit of having a rock lawn in a climate where the summer days get over 100 degrees and drought is a normal status. I can see the benefit of having a rock lawn if you aren’t able to care for your own lawn or if sweltering outdoors isn’t your cup of tea. The rock lawns are sprinkled throughout the neighborhood, mixed in with the regular lawned houses. They use a lot of cactus plants and other elements that don’t require a lot of care.

neighborhood rock lawns

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I like how the design of these lawns takes advantage of different sizes of rocks, like this one:

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And this house wasn’t in the retirement community, it was at the beach! This one is probably my favorite one because it’s a tiny house and a great location.

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There you have it: perfect lawns in the eyes of a 15 year old boy who would rather not mow. Me? I think we’ll keep our grass lawn. But then, I don’t have to mow it. Ask me again in three years.

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3 Responses to Rock Lawns

  1. Ashley says:

    The house looks cool.

  2. Ah! I’m such a sucker for rock lawns lately. And those exact style of houses. Do you know what that style is called? I always thought it was called “shelter” but when I looked it up online it hailed zip.

    lovely photos! so brillant.

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