University of California
UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County
Say No to Turfgrass
Sweeping greenswards are beautiful nestled between herbaceous borders in England, or sheltered by ranks of pecans or oaks in the south - but those places, and many others in the world have lots of rain year-round. Lawns don't really belong in a summer-dry Mediterranean climate like Sonoma County.
So get busy and replace that thirsty, water-sucking lawn with something else. There are lots of alternatives, and this article discusses many of them, as well as how to go about the process: Grass Removal Methods
For groundcover suggestions to replace lawn, see the following: