METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT’S TURF REPLACEMENT PROGRAM
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
2. Rebate Application
Check estimate my rebate for incentives offered in your area.
Sustainable Landscaping Approaches
After the Lawn is Gone: Waterwise Gardens (26m 47s)
Once your lawn is gone, you have a blank slate for design. Learn about planning for your new waterwise garden with talk about smart features, a visit to a nursery and the inspiration of a just-planted garden that saves water and blooms beautifully.
Bye Bye Grass: How to Remove Your Lawn (26m 45s)
Lawns are the thirstiest and most resource-intensive plants in our gardens and don't really belong in our climate. See different ways to remove a lawn and create a more water-efficient landscape.