Gardening is more difficult, and more rewarding, and more complex, than what’s shown in Better Homes and Gardens. The magazine I’d like to see instead might be entitled Actual Homes and Gardens.
Not every lawn alternative idea works in every location. Be flexible, and keep trying, and it won’t be necessary to bring in either lawn mowers or goats.
If I’m replacing the small (about 10 feet deep) lawn in front of my house with something other than grass, what might it be, other than a garden?