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Kill your lawn, get cash

Weeds in the yard of a Southern California home.
Weeds in the yard of a Southern California home.
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The Los Angeles County Waterworks districts of Malibu, Antelope Valley, Kagel Canyon, Acton, and Val Verde are offering cash for killing…lawns that is. The Districts will give residents a dollar for every square foot of lawn they take out and replace with drought-resistant landscaping. The per-property limit is 5,000 square feet. The County estimates that every square foot of grass people change out saves 55 gallons of water per year. But how do you get rid of your lawn and what do you replace it with?

For more information on the program, visit LA County Waterworks. And residents served by LA's Department of Water and Power or the Upper San Gabriel Valley Water District, can learn more about turf removal incentives at


Lili Singer, Special Projects Coordinator, Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants, Inc.