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Salt Lake City Moving Toward Less Thirsty Lawns
Covered as it is by red bark and dotted with ornamental grasses and purple
sage shrubs, the front yard of Salt Lake City’s mayor stands out in contrast
against the other, uniformly green lawns on the tree-lined street.
Not only is Mayor Rocky Anderson’s yard distinctive, though. It is also illegal,
one of hundreds of drought-friendly yards and gardens here that are in violation
of zoning ordinances.
In light of a five-year drought that meteorologists say ended last year, Mr.
Anderson is one of a growing number of homeowners in desert cities across the
West who have traded in their manicured lawns and colorful flower beds for
ground cover and gardens that require little water.
In Salt Lake City, though, all front yards must be completely covered with flat
green grass, which needs to be watered often to keep it from turning brown and
strawlike. Although the zoning ordinance is rarely enforced, some Salt Lake City ...
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