MURPHY, Texas – The city of Murphy set new rules about landscaping, banning homeowners from installing synthetic turf and artificial grass in areas visible from the street. The decision to ban artificial turf was unanimous, but the council voted 5 to 2 to approve an amendment that would allow homeowners who had artificial turf prior to August 1, 2014, to be grandfathered in. Murphy is one of several North Texas cities under Stage 3 watering restrictions, due to the drought. The synthetic grass debate centered on a home on Smoke Tree Drive, where one couple installed artificial turf without consulting with their homeowners’ association. Click here for the full article.