L.A. residents get paid to cut lawns—permanently
Faced with persistent drought and water-usage concerns, the city of Los Angeles is paying property owners to replace their grassy lawns with heartier plants, such as shrubs, trees, and perennials. The city’s water utility is hoping to boost the successful program by raising its offer, to $2 a square foot from $1.50, reports member station KPCC.
The four-year-old program “will also kick in money for using weather-based irrigation systems and eco-friendly sprinkler heads,” KPCC’s Pacific Swell blog reports. So far, it has resulted in 1.5 million square feet of turf grass being replaced.