There is a new turf rebate program in town, and we would like to answer some of your questions.

The Turf Replacement Program now offers $2 per square foot when you replace existing lawns with sustainable landscaping. If you want to upgrade your landscape and save water, this quick guide will help you claim your rebate money today!

Reserve Your Rebate, Then Remove Grass

Before you start your project, submit photos of your grass and your rebate application to receive a rebate reservation. Once you receive a reservation, you have 180 days to complete your project.

What Qualifies?

Residential and commercial properties are eligible to receive $2 per square foot of grass when replaced with sustainable landscaping.

Grass must be alive and in place before your landscaping project begins. Only planted or permeable areas count towards your rebate. Residential customers are eligible to replace grass areas from 250 square feet up to 5,000 square feet. Commercial properties are eligible for up to 10,000 square feet per year.

This program promotes the best of both worlds: water savings and sustainability. These requirements will help you save water and have a healthy sustainable landscape with benefits beyond water savings.

Soil and Plant Coverage

The program requires you to include a minimum plant coverage of 3 plants per 100 square feet of transformed landscaping – think 3 plants for each 10’x10’ room. In addition, cover all bare soil areas with a 3 inch layer of mulch. Mulch can be wood chips, shredded bark or bark nuggets. You will be glad that you have mulch in your new landscaping since it helps your new landscape retain soil moisture, maintains a tidy appearance, prevents weeds and is inexpensive.

About Hardscapes 

You can include hardscapes in your design, but they will not count towards your rebate. Examples of common hardscapes include artificial turf, turf look-a-likes, impermeable walkways, and patios. 

Improve Overhead Sprinklers

Since the sprinklers on your lawn are probably not the most efficient, now is a great time to improve them . Drip irrigation systems are easy to install for your new plants and there are numerous retrofit kits available. You may also install high-efficiency spray heads and claim an additional rebate. See our video to learn how.

Capture Rain Water

Part of the benefits of removing your grass is that you can now capture, slow and sink rainwater for your other plants. There are many ways to do this beyond just rain barrels such as rain gardens, dry streambeds, berms, vegetated swales, rock gardens and grades. Visit the SoCal Water$mart website for more information

Ready to Get Started?

Start your rebate application today. Go to bewaterwise.com to reserve your funds.

Or, if you are looking for assistance in planning and designing your project, Helix is hosting a FREE four-part landscape makeover series. Class times are 6 – 9 p.m. September 4, 11, 18 and 25. Go to landscapemakover.watersmartsd.org to register or find other open classes across the county.

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