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New CA Houses Might Only Be Allowed a Small Patch of Lawn

Great news for people who hate mowing the lawn: in the near future, there will probably be a lot less of it. The California Water Commission is hearing proposed new rules that would limit the amount of grass that future houses, schools, and commercial buildings can put in. New houses with more than 500 square feet of landscape area—front yard and back, plus side yards, not including the footprint of the structure or the driveway—could only put down grass on 25 percent of that space, according to the LA Times. Only plants that are naturally tolerant to droughts like the one the entire state has been in for years could be used to fill in the remaining space.

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