Santee resident sacrifices lawn to conserve water

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SANTEE, Calif. --A Santee resident who killed her lawn to conserve water is trying to adjust to the barren landscape in her front yard.

“I loved my grass,” said Karen Marsh about her once green and lush lawn.

In light of the state’s drought and mandated cuts on water use, she decided rip it out.

“It was awful, but we were letting it die so it wasn’t too bad,” said the Santee native. “Now I have dirt."

She plans to turn her new dirt lawn into something pretty, landscaping it with drought tolerant plants, but it’s taken longer than expected.

“We’re doing it ourselves,” she said.

She and her husband are doing all of the work, and they’ve already spent over $1,000.

“So slowly, slowly,” she hopes her water bill comes down as she makes peace with the change. She hopes the rain doesn’t wash away her front yard before she can complete the project.

“Hopefully the rain won’t wash away my dirt pile,” she said.




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