There is a growing trend in California to replace water-thirsty lawns with alternatives that use less water. Listed below are two ways to remove lawn (turfgrass). The method you choose will depend on the size of your lawn, how much manual labor you want to invest, how much you want to spend, and how quickly you want it removed.
Sheet mulching is the most natural and beneficial method to remove a lawn. This method maintains the soil structure, adds organic matter, requires a moderate amount of labor, and does not require removal and disposal of turf.