From California Brown to Green - Drought Landscaping Ideas

California doesn't look green anymore. In the historic state of drought, Californian lawns are now on the edge of extinction. Homeowners and communities are continuously looking for alternatives and the artificial grass looks more and more attractive.


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California doesn't look green anymore. In the historic state of drought, Californian lawns are now on the edge of extinction. Homeowners and communities are continuously looking for alternatives and the artificial grass looks more and more attractive.

Drought landscaping options are limited. Some Californias tore down their lawns and replaced it with native plants. Others simply ignored the fact and let their grass turn brown and die. The more progressive ones turned to the artificial grass and kept their yards looking as green as the water drought never happen. For most, the transition wasn't expensive. The rebates offered by California's water agencies covered more than a half of expense the soil and grass removal and new turf installation would cost otherwise.

Artificial grass is hassle-free and doesn't require water to keep beautiful, always green appearance. It doesn't need trimming, edging, and fertilizing. Potentially, artificial grass will help to cut off about 70 percent of California's water usage.

Artificial grass provides something native plants and cement can't, - safe playgrounds and comfortable outdoor entertainment spaces. Artificial grass has been a growing trend in California; people understand it is a viable alternative to water-thirsty lawns, increasing water bills, and sky-rocketing penalties.

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Less than ten years ago, synthetic grass was primarily used by companies, municipalities, and in the sports industry. Synthetic grass was installed on schools stadiums, sports fields, public parks, and playgrounds. Today, artificial grass is available to every homeowner.

Artificial grass technology is rapidly developing. Fake grass doesn't look fake, and it's almost impossible to tell a difference between natural and artificial lawn. The drought has changed the way people approach landscaping. The combination of plants, mulch, and artificial turf can create a beautiful garden and benefit from less water, zero-maintenance grass alternatives.

Residents are now more than ever thinking about changing landscapes, but it is often too overwhelming to be faced with the task without the help of professional landscaping company. Most will often turn to the artificial turf just for the curb appeal, instead of taking a challenge of a California native based landscape.

Keeping a curb appeal along with a sustainable landscape is a difficult task. People usually enjoy the natural landscape better than a traditional lawn, but it takes time, money and effort to create beautiful and functional outdoor space. Most homeowners prefer a curb appeal to all other considerations, and synthetic lawn solves the dilemma instantly.

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Water sprinkler, car in water, California water fines

Despite the dry winter, California State Water Resources Control Board and cities representatives support the state water regulators in Sacramento to fine residents up to $500 per water violation. Orginal water rules were set on a temporary basis during the California drought 2014-2017 by Gov. Jerry Brown. Now, according to the water conservation portal, it will, most likely, become a permanent Califonia law.


California drought. Brown bald lawn in Bay Area.

Despite the drought officially ended by Gov. Jerry Brown, Mediterranean climate in major parts of California remains the same. Water demands in warm, hot, dry summers and mild, moderately wet winters always exceed the water resources. A five-year drought raised concerns. It costs the state economy billions of dollars. It stressed forests and left more than 100 million dead trees behind. But the effects are far more deadly than anyone could imagine.


Sacramento Planning Commission is considering to lift a 1984 ban that prohibited to install artificial grass in the front yards. Due to the new California drought emergency water conservation regulations, state officials must take all necessary action to prepare for water shortages. Artificial grass is the alternative landscape option available to home and business owners today.


Al Madrigal, Los Angeles resident, wasn't in mood to discuss California drought with Jon Stewart. "I'm sick of it," - he says. "Back home it's all we talk about. We use to go to dinner and discuss movies. Which stars are secretly gays. But now it's just - "How long was your shower. Did you use a backet? Hey, that's a guy whose lawn is green. Call the cops! "


Southern California's Metropolitan Water District, that provides water to 19 million people in parts of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, voted to raise funding for its turf-removal program on May, 26 2015. It's an excellent news for Californias and businesses ready to swap thirsty in California drought lawns for drought-tolerant plants and landscaping.


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