The state's prolonged drought is forcing cutbacks in the amount of water available for landscaping by more than 20%. As a result, landscapers will need to turn to patios, decks, artificial turf, drought-friendly plantings, and other alternatives as big expanses of grass are removed. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California put another $350 million into lawn-removal rebates and other conservation measures, The Los Angeles Times reports. Only buildings larger than 2,500 square feet must comply. Read More