Raccoons and gophers routinely destroyed the lawn in this side yard. As a result it was not an inviting outdoor room. Although the client was adamant at first, a premium sample of artificial turf persuaded her that she could still have an authentic look and feel of spacious green serenity. We created a larger planting border with drought-tolerant plants, and added boulders for texture and to create a more organic perimeter. The client was thrilled that she and her family could still lounge, read, do yoga, and have Easter egg hunts in a garden that provided all the textures needed to invite magic.