Soon, “going green” may mean almost no green at all. The California Water Commission will consider a plan that would, among other things, require new California landscaping projects to cut down their grass—no, not mow it—get rid of it entirely. The ordinance states that new residential plots could only cover 25% of their yards with turf. The plan also applies to large (2,500 square feet or more) plots of land that undergo renovations. By using recycled water, residents could avoid the ordinance altogether, but why not get with the trend? Don’t panic about costs—did we mention some Los Angeles residents could get paid to remove their turf? In the meantime, there are plenty of ways to spruce up that other 75% of your yard. Here are four of our favorites:
- Rock Beds
- Permeable Gravel
- Eco-Friendly Plants
Ready to pull the plug? The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has a waitlist for turf removal; you can get up to $2 per square foot for it. Type in your address, water agency, and square footage—and get ready to go green.