We learned this week that so many people have taken advantage of the Metropolitan Water District’s cash incentives to rip out lawns that the agency has run out of money. Nearly $340 million has been drained for drought-friendly yards. (More on that here.)
That's why we're asking to forget about #droughtshaming for just a second. Instead, let's brag about our water-saving yards! We've already gotten a handful of pics from residents around Southern California.
Check out these fabulous transformations.
Osvaldo Gomez shared this before and after pic on Facebook.
Sherri Akers says she converted her porch in 2009. " If I were to do it today, we would have permeable hardscape. But we replaced turf lawn with outdoor seating areas surrounded by beds of mostly native plants and pots filled with cactus and succulents."
And the after:
Faux lawn, anyone? Ric Durant tells us via email: "I did it to save on my water bill and for easy maintenance. Water usage in May was half of 2014."
Joe Thomas said he's torn out all of his grass and replaced it with rocks and concrete. He also installed drip irrigation systems for plants. He explains:
When we bought our house, there were lawns in the front yard and back yard. A little green, some brown, some dirt. And the dirt was always getting tracked in the house. The soil near the house was also causing drainage problems and was not good for the foundation in the long term. Plus, we were using a lot of water to keep lawns that neither of us really wanted.
The view from the front:
The view from the back:
Joy Walters switched over her yard 15 years ago: "My son and I took out the grass and with a plan designed by landscapers working at Theodore Payne Foundation; we planted native and other drought tolerant plants. This summer, I have yet to water the plants. (I usually water 2X during the summer)."
This is the before:
This next drought-tolerant yard has been certified as a natural wildlife habitat, according to homeowners Nicole and Julian Peeke.
"I think this is pretty unique because many folks associate drought tolerant with succulents," wrote Nicole Peeke in an email to KPCC. "We have many native California plants/trees and have collected them from various places: the foothills of the mountains for sage to the cactus from Borrego Springs."
And, she said, they did it on a budget.
"You don't need to be wealthy and hire landscapers. You can do it yourself like we did. Sweat equity!"
Do you have a drought-friendly yard? We want to see your photos. Before and after pics strongly encouraged! Share in comments or post to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #myyard and tagging us @kpcc.
Here are even more photos of drought-friendly yards on social media.
This story has been updated.