Inspired by (and including) some information provided by Koreen, here is research on
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s California Friendly® Landscape Incentive Program (rebates for replacing your lawn!)
See the Fact Sheets (on right)
DWP’s “California-friendly landscaping in Los Angeles” link
Go to the second tab on the left which leads to a database of drought-tolerant plants
also there’s a link to free classes
free classes May 30, Jun 13, July 11, August 8 in Van Nuys
FOR PARKWAYS (those public-domain strips between the sidewalk & street):
Look on right under “Rebate for Parkway Landscaping”
That takes you to a page with step-by-step instructions.
Also notice link there to “Drought Tolerant Turf Substitute List” – the 14 plants you can choose from.
I did not check all 14 of the options, ,but Ultragreen Nursery in Sylmar (13102 McClay Street, right off the 210 freeway at McClay exit) (818)837-8553, carries several of the thymes: Elfin creeping thyme (most common), creeping thyme, wooly thyme and Mother-In-Thyme. Does not carry Birds Foot Trefoil. ultragreens.com
So Cal water rebate rules (apparently this is the entity that actually pays out the rebates)
Rain barrel rebate! Starts at $75
LA DWP general water conservation page that links to various things (including the above, plus more):
same as www.ladwp.com/wc
“Consider installing a greywater system. This is especially needed if you want fruit trees or other water hungry landscaping. Greywater is water from your washer/dryer, sink, etc, sent to your trees or to soak into the ground. A few people who saw this water situation coming worked very hard to get legislation friendly to greywater installation passed at the state level. So California is one of the most friendly states for this. “No permit” systems are allowed!” (apparently only for washing machines)
wild edible plants of southern California
This article is particularly interesting:
Article: After the lawn – transitioning to a rain garden
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