Another reason to get rid of wasteful lawn…
WATER CONSERVATIONIST STEP ON THE GRASS
Pressed by drought, cities target a thirsty intruder LA TIMES
The synchronized spray of lawn sprinklers and carpets of jewel green grass — they embody the California identity as much as sunshine and freeways.
They are also the new frontier of water conservation. After two decades of tinkering with toilets and showerheads, water managers are turning their attention to hallowed ground: the over-watered, unnaturally lush lawns of the suburban West. They are paying homeowners to tear out their grass, promoting “smart” sprinkler technology that decides for itself how much to water and jacking up rates to penalize extravagant outdoor watering habits.
Landscape watering and other outdoor use guzzles 50% to 70% of the water used by a typical Southern California household. In Las Vegas in the summer, the figure can hit 90%…
“There’s always been this tension. It’s in each of us,” observed Ward of the Colorado water institute. “We want to live in a pleasant surrounding and have something associated with our roots. I can imagine the settlers who came out here from the East were strongly attached to the landscapes they grew up with.
“We’re just now coming to grips, in terms of public perception and public awareness, with the fact that we cannot continue” to replicate those landscapes.”
Our lawn was killed back in the early 90’s – smothering it under a layer of newspaper and mulch and we haven’t looked back since. Now, when we have to water or fertilize, we at least are getting food or income from it – instead of wasting precious water and time.
Are there any serial lawn killers out there? Let’s hear your story/experience….
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