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Amid drought, California declares war on lush lawns

Published on Aug 3, 2014 12:15 PM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Lush green lawns, a symbol of the American way of life, are under attack in California, where "cash for grass" programmes have sprouted like weeds amid a severe drought.

With the western US state struggling to conserve water, locals are re-landscaping their outdoor spaces as attitudes shift about what constitutes an attractive yard.

And municipal monetary incentives - reflecting the dire circumstances depleting reservoirs and underground aquifers - are making it that much easier for many to make the switch.

Los Angeles, for example, is offering US$3 (S$3.74) for every square foot of grass that is replaced with more water-efficient options such as drought-tolerant plants, rocks and pebbles.

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