Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel
In water-starved California the new greeting is “Turf’s Up!”
With the state experiencing a severe drought many residents are replacing their water-thirsty lawns with low-water usage, eco-friendly, native landscapes.
The Municipal Water District of Orange County will even pay you to swap out your grass for cacti and other drought-tolerant plants.
Through the MWDOC’s Turf Removal program home owners are paid $2 (or more) per square foot of grass that is removed.
The Water District said that applications to participate in the Turf Removal program jumped from 10 homes per month in 2014 to currently 150 homes per month.
So, why not get on board? You’ll be reducing your water usage and helping the environment, too.
Water runoff from lawns (with its fertilizers and pesticides) is one of the main pollutants in our waterways and oceans.
To find out more about the Turf Removal program, contact the Water District.
And, when you’re ready to put in your new landscape...
the non-profit Surfrider Foundation’s Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter can show you how to create an Ocean Friendly Garden that’s beautiful to look at and beautiful for California.
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