California’s Odd Ways of Dealing with the Ongoing Drought

In this Aug. 8, 2014 photo Rick Blankenship holds a photo of his previous grass lawn at his home in Long Beach, Calif. As Californians face a historic drought, more people are tearing out thirsty grass lawns to cut down on water use. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

In this Aug. 8, 2014 photo Rick Blankenship holds a photo of his previous grass lawn at his home in Long Beach, Calif. As Californians face a historic drought, more people are tearing out thirsty grass lawns to cut down on water use. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)


Los Angeles, California – The ongoing drought in the golden state currently has no end in sight and is the worst one on record going back generations. Now, locals are looking for new ways to decorate their yards other than by lush green grass. In some counties, residents are being offered cash incentives to replace the water hungry lawns with something that conserves water or does not require water at all. For example, in Los Angeles County, residents can tally up as much as $6,000 in cash for replacing their lawn with rocks, pebbles, or drought-tolerant plants. The program, aptly titled “Cash for Grass”, will pay residents $3 for every square foot of grass that is removed from their lawn. A person will need to tear up 2,000 square feet of lawn in order to claim the maximum payout.

One local musician by the name of Larry Hall explained that the part of California he resides in is a desert. With that in mind, he said it makes no sense to force the type of landscape that would be sustainable in areas such as the Midwest. He and his wife finally made the financial plunge to tear up the lawn and landscape it anew after the rebate program was launched. While the money offered did not cover the cost of the landscaping, it did defray enough of the charge to make it affordable for them.

As for the other residents who want to keep their lawns, they cannot water them more than twice a week as per a new restriction passed by Governor Jerry Brown. In fact, he has gone to the extraordinary measure of intruding on subdivision covenants and homeowners associations by forbidding them from imposing fines on those who let their lawns turn brown. The drought is currently in its third year.

Reference :
http://news.yahoo.com/amid-drought-california-declares-war-lush-lawns-045947314.html