Eco Friendly Backyard

What about Lawn or No Lawn?
Those of us who originally came from cooler climates like our lawns. I hear some people criticize our love of lawns, but I think this gets back to our limited water supplies. Lawns can be seen as a luxury in a dry climate.

 I can see both arguments, however, I look on my lawn as food crop for my hens. Our hens are restricted to their backyard run for most of the day, however, later in the day we open the gate and let them have the run of the backyard. They love the lawn but you do need to limit their time as they would eat all of your lawn given the time.

 The other thing lawns do is help alleviate the rebound and reflected heat you would receive from a paved backyard.