There’s a lot of pressure on people to give up their lawns for the drought, but you don’t have to scrap it completely to save water.

According to UC Riverside turf researcher James Baird, a lawn can help cool urban areas, trap carbon and provide a home for many critters. Still, he said most lawns are over-watered and Californians can conserve while keeping their turf alive.

 

Click here for some tips to keep your grass alive while saving water.