Happy Turf™ is a an alternative solution for shaded yards and turf grass. The approach accepts the cultural expectation for a green and verdant environment by using a pointillist geometry of sedges, dianthus and perennials for the uniform to substitute for the beauty of St. Augustine grass. Upon planting, natural competition blends the plants into impressionistic areas. Most of the year the new ecology uses zero water. In the hottest summer months water use is 1/20th of conventional lawn. The patron of the project is hopeful that market forces will proliferate the new turf prototype.