Los Angeles homeowners could change their lawns to turn amid drought

Los Angeles homeowners could change their lawns to turn amid drought

LOMITA, Calif. (KABC) – New water restrictions continue to pour in as California tries to keep the ongoing drought from getting worse. Limits on how often homeowners can water their lawns keep people in the turf industry busy.

“For the past two weeks, the phone has definitely been ringing non-stop. Of course,” said Olivier, owner of BuildCal Turf.

“There are a lot of people who are really interested because if you want to keep your house looking great during a drought, there aren’t a lot of options,” said Ross LaGumina, owner of Synthetic Dream Lawn.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday that outdoor watering in the city will be limited to two days a week. The Metropolitan Water District had also announced an outdoor watering restriction of one day per week.

“I understand the push to kind of have the restrictions,” said Maggie Browning, a homeowner in Lomita, Calif. “Hopefully people will consider other ways like synthetic turf or other ways they can do to try to help.”

Browning made the switch from real grass to turf after spending years trying to grow her lawn.

Although maintaining a turf lawn still requires water to keep it clean, experts say it doesn’t take that much.

“It doesn’t require the same amount of water as a regular lawn,” Olivier said. “It’s once in a while. If you don’t have a dog, you know, it’s just once every few months.”

LaGumina said one of the main things that keeps people from switching to grass is tradition. However, he encourages people to look for other ways to save water while maintaining their appeal, such as using stones or mulch.

“You can always translate a yard into decorative stones, mulch, succulents, rock gardens and the like. Those are really beautiful things too,” LaGumina said. “It’s also a great way to save on all the water.”

“I’m still naive. I’m still learning, I’m still growing,” Browning said. “But this is my first step and I’m trying to do my part.”

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