Every Turf Replacement Project Must Include:

Three plants per 100 square feet of area transformed

Existing trees that remain in the project area count towards this requirement but live turf, or turf-looking grasses are not eligible. Check out our native plant profiles for inspiration.

No hardscape within the transformed area, except permeable hardscape

Permeable hardscapes such as pea gravel, permeable pavers and unsealed decomposed granite all allow water to flow through their surface and filter slowly into the ground.
Learn more here.


A stormwater retention feature

This is the sustainable approach component of the program. Rain gardens, rock gardens, vegetated swales, dry river beds, berms, grades and rain barrels/cisterns all help capture stormwater. Learn more here.

Replacement or modification of overhead spray sprinklers

Irrigation modification or conversion lowers your water use. Convert over-head sprays to drip, micro-spray, bubblers, or rotating nozzles and get more rebates here.


The Application Process


Two-part application on our official rebate website SoCalWater$mart


1. Project Start Approval

  • Before you begin your project or remove any grass, you must apply for a reservation


2. Rebate Application

  • After the reservation, you will have 180 days to complete the project and submit your request for a rebate

The Rebate


  • Rebate of $2.00 per square foot up to 5,000 square feet of converted yard
  • Your water agency may offer an additional rebate incentive
  • You may be eligible for additional rebates on devices such as weather based irrigation controllers, soil moisture sensors, rotating nozzles, rain barrels or cisterns



Check estimate my rebate for incentives offered in your area.


Sustainable Landscaping Approaches

The Turf replacement Program requires at least one of the following stormwater retention features. Check out these quick videos to see which sustainable approach works for your garden.

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Many of the flower and garden images are courtesy of the Theodore Payne Foundation.