So what to do? Paving it over isn't a pretty alternative, but there are many other beautiful choices to incorporate other elements into your landscape.
You can create a patio area in the front yard so you can watch kids play or visit with your neighbors.
Water features from ponds to disappearing fountains in ceramic pots can add a focal point and invite wildlife into your garden. Play scapes, hammocks, washer pits and fire pits or chimenarias also can be placed on a variety of hard scape materials in lieu of grass.
You can even put in that greenhouse you've always dreamed about. What a great way to rationalize that purchase!
I found some of the best inspiration I've seen, along with great step-by-step DIY information, in my friend and fellow blogger, Pam Penick's new book, Lawn Gone!, Low Maintenance, Sustainable Attractive Alternatives for your Yard.
You can read more about Pam's book and available lawn alternatives in my Austin American Statesman story. Or, check out her Lawn Alternatives Facebook page.
For some great ideas and practical suggestions, look for a copy of Pam's book at Austin bookstores and nurseries or at Amazon.
So, if you want to reduce your lawn, take heart. There are endless attractive and practical solutions that will enhance your landscape.