Lawn Alternatives Banned

Lawn Alternatives Banned

Stephanie Kinnear
Nov 24, 2008

We'll be honest: We don't have a lot of love for homeowners associations these days. Between banning solar panels and banning outdoor clotheslines, HOAs are steadily sinking in our estimation.

Now, a number of homeowners in California are having similar troubles with their cities. The issue at hand this time? Lawns ... real ones and fake ones.

According to an article by the Associated Press, a lot of California cities are forbidding artificial turf and fining people for brown lawns, while the state insists that residents curb their water usage.


"It's kind of like saying 'We want you to look like Brooke Shields, but we don't want you to use any makeup,'"
said one homeowner profiled in the article. It's a really unfortunate situation, especially considering the fact that up to 70 percent of most residential water bills are spent on landscaping.

Get the whole article here.

What should be done about these HOAs and cities that are refusing to adapt to the times?

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