Before & After: A massive front lawn is transformed into an inviting, low-water landscape

Amber Denker thinks like an artist when it comes to gardening, spending countless hours in her Toluca Lake backyard planting exotics and tropical plants. “It makes me feel like I’m painting my environment,” she explains.

After hearing about the DWP turf removal rebate during the California drought in 2015, she was prompted to turn a critical eye to the massive lawn in front too.

The green hill was blanketed in turf, with no clear path from the street to the house where she has lived for more than 20 years. “People could never figure out how to get to the front door,” she says. “I always wanted to put a pathway down the center of the yard.” The rebate was the motivation she needed.

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