The City of San Diego started a ‘grass replacement’ program last week:
City of San Diego customers can receive a rebate of up to $1.50 per square foot for residential sites that replace existing grass with water wise landscaping and converting their overhead sprinkler system with micro-irrigation. Preliminary site inspection and pre-approval is required to confirm your qualification. Do not start a landscape renovation project without the pre-approval if you wish to receive a rebate.
Others can get $2.00/sf or more in rebates from the MWD:
Turf grass is one of the most water-intensive plants in your landscape. Its high water use and frequent maintenance make it a time-consuming and expensive yard option. In fact, the average residential customer spends about 60% of their water on outdoor irrigation. By changing turf to a California Friendly™ yard of drought tolerant plants you can save water and money.
To help with turf removal projects, rebates are available for $2.00 or more per square foot of turf removed. This increased turf removal rebate is being provided in response to Governor Edmund G Brown Jr.’s emergency drought declaration.
Before you begin removing any turf, you must apply for and receive project start approval.