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LA halts subsidies for plastic lawns

LA halts subsidies for plastic lawns / Boing Boing The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has changed its rebate program that subsidized homeowners who ripped up their wasteful turf lawns and put in plastic grass or gravel. The new subsidy rules reserve rebates for people who replace their turf with landscaping designed to retain water (astroturf lawns retain heat and …

Homeowners' associations are not allowed to ban drought-tolerant landscaping

Homeowners’ associations are not allowed to ban drought-tolerant landscaping / Boing Boing The LA Times’ Q&A column tapped a lawyer to answer a reader’s question about their crazy-ass homeowners’ association, which denied an application to plant a front lawn of drought-tolerant cactii and succulents because it wouldn’t be “pretty” and because they “do not want New Mexico, Arizona or Nevada desert landscape.”  …