When the large, established trees in this backyard landscape began to shade and weaken the once lush lawn, the homeowner knew it was time for a change. We strategically replaced the sun-loving grass with landscape beds that followed the patterns of shade and then filled them with low maintenance shade-loving shrubs, perennials and groundcovers. We also created walk-able pathways with natural stone pavers and gave this busy family a serene stone patio on which to relax. The lovely pergola will offer even more shade in the summer months. This landscape filled with tough shade-loving plants creates a natural woodland feel in this once barren backyard. Growing healthy grass under large shade trees is never easy. However, we have many wonderful and beautiful solutions when it's time for your lawn to be replaced.