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You buy a house with a lawn.

You water your lawn to keep it green.

You decide to hire a lawn service.

They come once a week. 
You pay $120 per month.

You get your first water bill. 
In it you are told you use too much water. 

A “drought” occurs.

Watering your lawn is banned. 

You drive to work watching water run freely down the storm drains from public properties and businesses.

Your lawn doesn’t grow, but the service keeps coming to mow it.

You signed a contract. 
You set your sprinklers and water at night. 
Your lawn is green.

Your neighbors notice.

Some follow suit.

You all get warning notices due to excessive water use.

Fines threatened.

The rainy season comes. 
You collect rain water to water your lawn. 
One day you get a notice tacked to your door. 
Collecting rain water is illegal due to Asian Mosquitoes. 
Wicked little bastages.

Fines threatened.

Your lawn contract is up. 
Per a suggestion made by the water company to save water you consider Astroturf.

You wonder why a company that makes money off your water use wants you to save water.

For spite you pay for Astrorurf. 
So do many of your neighbors. 
Months later your water bill increases. 
Due to people reducing water use the water company is losing money.

You grumble but pay.

Months later you find out that Astroturf is banned.

You are given notice to remove it.

Fines threatened. 
You have a company remove the Astroturf.

They won’t haul it away.

The trash collection company won’t haul it away. 
It sits on the curb. 
You get a citation from Code Enforcement. 
Fines threatened. 
You get a company to haul it away and you have to pay heavily.

You hire another company to install sod.

You are on a waiting list. 
It could be months.

Code enforcement gives you a citation. 
Fines threatened. 
You finally get a new lawn. 
Go back up to the second line and start reading again…

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Astroturf instead of grass on a city lawn is a very bad thing.

 

I live in an older, leafy part of my town. Streets, sidewalks, trees, lawns, parking strips. I don't care what you do with your lawn, whether you water it in the Summer or not, rake it or not; I don't care. But a house a couple of miles away was renovated by an investor who put in an astroturf front lawn and parking strip. Never had any of us seen this before.

 

Doesn't have to be grass; flowers, rock gardens, whatever. But if it's astroturf, why not just asphalt?

 

By the way, there are no covenants or HOAs in these neighborhoods. Just a few basic tenets of civilization.

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4 hours ago, Pat Riot said:

You buy a house with a lawn.

You water your lawn to keep it green.

You decide to hire a lawn service.

They come once a week. 
You pay $120 per month.

You get your first water bill. 
In it you are told you use too much water. 

A “drought” occurs.

Watering your lawn is banned. 

You drive to work watching water run freely down the storm drains from public properties and businesses.

Your lawn doesn’t grow, but the service keeps coming to mow it.

You signed a contract. 
You set your sprinklers and water at night. 
Your lawn is green.

Your neighbors notice.

Some follow suit.

You all get warning notices due to excessive water use.

Fines threatened.

The rainy season comes. 
You collect rain water to water your lawn. 
One day you get a notice tacked to your door. 
Collecting rain water is illegal due to Asian Mosquitoes. 
Wicked little bastages.

Fines threatened.

Your lawn contract is up. 
Per a suggestion made by the water company to save water you consider Astroturf.

You wonder why a company that makes money off your water use wants you to save water.

For spite you pay for Astrorurf. 
So do many of your neighbors. 
Months later your water bill increases. 
Due to people reducing water use the water company is losing money.

You grumble but pay.

Months later you find out that Astroturf is banned.

You are given notice to remove it.

Fines threatened. 
You have a company remove the Astroturf.

They won’t haul it away.

The trash collection company won’t haul it away. 
It sits on the curb. 
You get a citation from Code Enforcement. 
Fines threatened. 
You get a company to haul it away and you have to pay heavily.

You hire another company to install sod.

You are on a waiting list. 
It could be months.

Code enforcement gives you a citation. 
Fines threatened. 
You finally get a new lawn. 
Go back up to the second line and start reading again…

That is sooooooo true!   They want to feel good for "doing something" about perceived problems, but are clueless  and it shows. 

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My wife's nephew and his family lived in Pasadena and he was required to keep his lawn watered regularly as the Rose Bowl Parade went directly in front of the house he was renting.   His water bill was over $800 per month just to make it pretty for the parade.....

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