Additional Rebates from the State Department of Water Resources are available to single-family residences for lawn replacement! The program will rebate up to an additional $1 per square foot of replaced lawn for customers who are applying for District turf rebates. There is a $2000 maximum for each household. This rebate application is separate and guidelines differ from the District's, so you must go online and follow the state guidelines in order to be eligible for these additional funds. See www.SaveOurWaterRebates.com to apply. Funds are first-come, first-served.
District Rebates to replace your irrigated lawn with drought tolerant or native plants and/or permeable landscape materials such as mulch, decomposed granite, permeable pavers, artificial turf and receive a rebate of $1 per square foot of lawn replaced. Pre-inspection required before lawn is removed.
Existing spray irrigation in lawn area must be either:
a) converted to drip irrigation or
b) have any valves that are no longer used in the irrigation system completely severed from the system and removed and
c) have any non-functional sprinkler heads removed andglue- capped.
We strongly discourage he method of killing lawns (or weeds) by using herbicides such as Round Up (glysophate), as the State of California Environmental Protectection Agency intends to label it as a cancer-causing chemical, under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 651). We also ask you to consider sheet mulching instead of sod cutting lawns or covering with your old lawn with plastic, whenever possible. Click here for information on sheet mulching, or give us a call at 600-1907.
- Rebates require pre and post inspection. We reserve the right to deny applications where post inspections are made more than 90 days after pre inspection. REQUEST AN INSPECTION.
- Participants must agree to leave all landscape retrofits in place for five (5) years.
- No labor or materials rebated, only square footage of replaced lawn, with a low water plant or permeable material.
- Rebate checks are issued to the name on the account- whether it belongs to the property owner, tenant or manager.
- See our list of over 800 low water using plants to get ideas for your new landscape.
- Low-water grasses can be found here.
- View pictures and descriptions of popular California native plants
- View the gardens of the county-wide Water-Smart Garden Contest winners to get low-water landscaping ideas.
- Contact a local nursery that carries a variety of drought-tolerant, low-water, and native plants and sold.
- See Lose the Lawn: 21 Inspiring Yards from Sunset Magazine
- If you would like your new landscape to be considered for Monterey Bay Friendly status, where you may be eligible for website recocognition, a landscape sign and discounts at local nurseries and landscape supply stores, see: www.green-gardener.org/ or give our conservationist a call at (831) 600-1907.