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Drought forces landscapers to adapt

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - The drought that's gripping California is beginning to reshape the landscaping industry.

The Orange County Register reports Sunday that smaller landscaping companies are worried about lost business as customers rip out their lawns and plant drought-tolerant gardens. But others are adjusting and adapting their business to the new reality.

Gov. Jerry Brown is calling for Californians to remove 50 million square feet of turf to save water and Californians are listening.

A program run by Southern California's Metropolitan Water District that offers cash to homeowners for ripping up their lawns stopped processing applications this month because it ran out of $100 million in approved funds. The program will resume processing applications when $350 million of new funding comes through, likely later this month.

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