Water districts in California are subsidizing homeowners and businesses to replace their grass landscaping with alternatives.
One example is a $4 million renovation at Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club, where shovels and bulldozers pulled out 54 acres of turf. In its place is shredded redwood bark, and pathways once planted with grass is now covered with decomposed granite.
The golf course didn’t have to pay a dime, as the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California offered a rebate from a fund that is now empty.
Homeowners throughout the region also took advantage of the rebate, and turf on many lawns have been ripped out and replaced with potted succulents or synthetic grass.