With the Los Angeles drought now in its fourth year water experts are urging all Californian’s to trade their lawns for less thirsty choices such as artificial turf and native southwest plants and flora. Recently, Governor Jerry Brown has proposed the removal of 40 million square feet of lawn in the state of California and for homeowners who are interested in drought tolerant landscaping, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is now offering up to $3.75 per square foot for the first 1,500 square feet of residential turf replaced with drought tolerant landscaping features.
In some cities such as Pasadena, however, artificial turf can only be used in the backyard or out of public view, so check your city for specific requirements. Click here for current information on the Los Angeles DWP lawn rebate program.
But what exactly is drought tolerant landscaping?
Most homeowners think that drought tolerant landscaping will reduce their lush green lawns and gardens into a barren field of dirt and rocks with a few ugly plants lying around.
The reality, however, is that by using native Californian plants and grasses you can achieve an incredibly beautiful green drought tolerant landscape that requires just a fraction of the water that a traditional lawn uses.
For those who want to retain the appearance of a green lawn, artificial lawns look so realistic these days that a combination of artificial grass with drought tolerant plants can create a completely realistic lush and green garden landscape that is completely drought tolerant. Combine this approach with a pondless waterfall or a fish pond fed by a sustainable rain catchment system and you can actually have a wonderfully natural and realistic garden landscape with flowing water that is surprisingly drought tolerant and completely sustainable.