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The LADWP really, really wants you to save water by ripping out your lawn, and they're upping the price per square foot that they'll pay you to do it. But you don't have to swap green for gravel: "L.A. recognizes the same wide menu of lawn alternatives that other utilities do, including shrubs, vines, trees, succulents and perennial plants. The utility will also kick in money for using weather-based irrigation systems and eco-friendly sprinkler heads." Note that you need to get your plans approved first. [KPCC]