Kill Your Lawn, Earn Some Green

lawn in Southern Calif.
lawn in Southern Calif.

Southern California residents have not one, but two thousand more reasons to rip out their water-wasting turf: a check in the mail.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and a handful of other utility companies are paying SoCal residents to rip out their suburban lawns. In exchange, homeowners are required to replace grass with drought-tolerant, native plant species or install permeable surfaces which filter water back into the ground. Common permeable surface choices include flagstone, brick, and gravel. The rebate is $1 per square foot, up to a maximum of 2,000 feet.

The process works like this: