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The heat is stifling, the soil dry, and a new law in drought-stricken California restricts the use of sprinklers.But far from saying farewell to their beloved lawns, some Californians are coping with the drought by ... painting them green.It is a kind of makeover which is becoming increasingly common in California, which is now in the fourth year of a historic drought.California's extreme drought also has made many homeowners swap their lush lawns for desert plants like cacti or agaves, which need hardly any water.In San Francisco they have an "Ugliest Yard" contest, the winner of which gets a yard makeover featuring drought-tolerant and native plants.But Power says classic lawn-based yards can survive the drought.Within minutes, the desiccated lawn is rejuvenated before its owner's astonished eyes.Power acknowledges that his company is cashing in on the drought, in particular over the last 12 months.
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