California residents are tearing out their lawns at a time when there is not enough water to keep them green. Instead of watching them turn a putrid shade of brown, homeowners are opting to tap the program Cash In Your Lawn, according to News Oxy on Aug. 25.
Cash In Your Lawn offers cash to the home owners who opt to put drought friendly ground coverings in place of their green grass lawns, all in the name of water conservation. Governor Jerry Brown took drastic measures allowing folks to water their lawn only twice a week. Unless you break this new regulation, chances are your lawn is going to look starved for water.
Under the hot California sun this isn't always enough to keep the lush green going. Instead of having a burnt-out ground covering the drought-friendly plantings are the way to go, especially since the government is offering an incentive.
The Cash In Your Lawn program offers $3 for every square foot of green turf you pull up and replace it with a ground covering that can live without much water. The three-year drought has done a number on the lawns in California and there are no signs of things getting better anytime soon.
Rick Blankenship is one resident who was tired of watching his lawn wilting and dying. He made a change that he’s happy with. He replaced his front lawn, by pulling up the grass and he put down natural sage-and emerald green-colored ground covers, according to ABC News.
This is what people need to start thinking about as California is facing an historic drought. Not only did this save Blankenship money over the last three years since changing his lawn, but it looks beautiful.
Watering the lawns does nothing more than threaten the state’s water supply and people are calling for a ban against using water this way. Many are pointing the finger at golf courses and their watering needs, now that farmers are facing restrictions.
It is time to let go of what was once considered the “norm,” said Anne Phillips, who is the owner of Go Green Gardeners. Phillips says:
“You know the 50s, 60s image of the traditional ranch style home with the lawn and … you know there is something maybe in our childhoods or whatever about the way our house should look … I think we just need to kind of move beyond that.”
Instead of the green lawns, plants such as succulents, herbs, lavender and agaves would do the trick when water is not abundant. The program that pays you for pulling up your lawn has helped in prompting folks to change their green grass thinking. Some are staying away from anything that needs water and instead they are putting gravel and rocks where there was once green.