Skip the grass and become more water conservative. Low water use ground covers are a great alternative for high water use grass. While you can’t walk on these, they will keep the soil around your home cooler in the summer and lower your utility bills to boot.
Selecting ground covers suitable for your needs will need you to ask yourself a few questions.
What is the sun orientation? Part shade, full shade or full sun?
Do I want a ground cover that is evergreen, or am I okay with winter dormancy?
Do I want reliable ground cover, or am I okay with spending time tending the plants so they look their best?
If you are someone who has better things to do than care for plants weekly, pick a ground cover that is evergreen. Also think outside the box. Some vines can be substituted as ground cover, since they don’t care if they crawl up a trellis or along the ground.