Smaller Lawns for Some Cities

By Charlie Nardozzi

Parts of California have been in drought for the past three years and the lack of water is starting to cause lawmakers to take extreme measures. One of the biggest sources of water usage is the home lawn. It's estimated more than half of the water local residents use gets applied to their lawns. To curb home owners' enthusiasm for their greensward, several communities in the San Francisco Bay area are changing laws to limit the size of the home lawn in new construction projects. Towns such as Menlo Park and San Jose are proposing laws that would limit the lawn size to 1/4 of the total property size or 500 square feet, whichever is larger.

Government officials claim these drastic measures are needed because the region may be running out of water by 2015. The proposed laws call for the remaining landscape to include drought-tolerant and native trees and shrubs surrounded with a 2-inch-thick layer of mulch.

For more information on these new efforts to curb home lawn size, go to: Silicon Valley Mercury News.

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