If artificial grass is not your thing and you still want a lush lawn with low maintanance you are in luck. The internet is a great place to begin your research into alternative grass types. After doing a bit of research make sure you visit your local nursery and talk to as many people in your area as possible. Take notice of neighboring lawns and landscaping. Make sure that you take the time to draw out yout ideas on paper prior to planting. It is easy to make changes prior to planting. In addition, plan you watering and maintanence prior to planting. It may be possible to use existing run off areas as part of your overall plan. You may also eliminate greenhouse gasses, overwatering and wastefull watering by spending a few hours planning.