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Remove Green. Receive Green.

Help California save water by removing your grass. Say goodbye to the hassle, maintenance, and expense of lawns.

Note: IRWD is continuing to fund its own turf removal program despite the cancellation of the MWDOC program. IRWD customers should continue to submit their applications for turf removal projects.

*Rebate amounts, square footage and program terms and conditions may vary as of July 1, 2018.

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*Residential Customers

Receive $2 per sq.ft.
Capped at max of 1,500 sq.ft.
250 sq.ft. minimum
See FAQ below for more details

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*Commercial Customers

$2 per sq.ft.
Annual limit (365 days) of $20,000 per property
and maximum of 10,000 sq.ft. removed

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*Public Agency

$2 per sq.ft.
Annual limit (365 days) of $20,000 per property
and maximum of 10,000 sq.ft. removed

 
 

Examples of Turf Areas that DO and DO NOT qualify for the Landscape Transformation Program

*Turf Rebate is no longer available for recycled water customers.
**Participation in rebate programs could be discoverable under the California Public Records Act.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is the rebate process and how long does it take?

Customers start the rebate process by filling out the application here. Normally, customers receive a response within 2-3 weeks* for an inspection date, where an employee comes out to measure the landscape area and confirm the presence of turf. The customer then receives a Notice to Proceed. The work must be completed within 60 days but extensions may be granted if needed. A post-inspection will be conducted after work is completed. If approved, a rebate check will be mailed out. Please allow 8-10 weeks for delivery of the rebate check. Rebate funding for your project is not established until you receive your Notice to Proceed. It may take up to 5 weeks to process and send out your Notice to Proceed.

*Due to increased participation in this program, processing times have increased.

Do I have to keep watering my grass while I wait for my inspection?

No. You may allow your grass to brown out while waiting for your inspection but be sure to leave it in place so it can be measured for your rebate amount.

As long as the presence of grass is still evident, then you still qualify for the rebate. The grass’ condition does not matter. Areas where grass is absent, such as bare soil patches, will not be counted.

I already removed my grass. Can I get the rebate?

No. Rebate applications must be filled out prior to removing your grass.

My HOA won’t allow me to replace turf. What can I do?

AB 2100 prohibits HOAs from imposing fines against homeowners for reducing or eliminating irrigation during drought, while AB 2104 states that any provision of an HOA's governing documents (CC&Rs, etc) is void and unenforceable if it prohibits the use of low water-using plants or replacement of turf.

If you are still having trouble with your HOA, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 949-453-5581.

Is artificial turf covered by the rebate?

As of July 1, 2018 IRWD will rebate artificial turf at $1/sq. ft.

I am planning to replace turf with cement, do I qualify?

No. All projects will need to follow the Program Terms and Conditions to qualify.

The rebate amount won’t cover all my costs to replace my turf. What can I do?

The rebate is meant as an incentive to replace turf and to subsidize replacement costs, not completely eliminate them. However, with newly-approved IRWD rates calculated based on water-efficient landscape rather than turf, residents can expect savings through their water bill.

Replacing turf is also a great way to help California save water.

 I don’t have the minimum 250 sq. ft. required. Can I still apply?

Eligible areas are as follows:

  • Front yards, back yards, and/or side yards as long as a minimum of 250 square feet in the front yard is included.
  • If you have less than 250 square feet in the front yard, the entire front yard must be included.
  • If your front yard was previously transformed, you may now do the side and/or back yard as long as it involves more than 250 square-feet.

 Do you have landscapers you recommend to help us replace our lawn?

Please review our list of local residential landscapers that have completed the IRWD training and some helpful resources for landscape contractors.

How can I learn more about which plants are water-efficient?

IRWD offers free workshops and resources to IRWD customers. Sign up for any upcoming classes to learn more about efficient landscaping and gardening. Review our landscape design resources for plant lists and design examples.

Do I need to change or modify my existing irrigation system?

The project area must be a low flow system (drip or high efficiency, low precipitation rotating nozzles). If part of the turf is converted, the sprinkler system must be properly modified to provide adequate coverage to the remaining lawn without spraying the converted area. If the irrigation system is not replaced with a low-flow system, it must be properly capped off or removed and hand-watered.

What is the best way to remove my turf?

There are multiple ways to remove your existing turf. Take a look at the multiple do-it-yourself options Nan Sterman provides in this Bye Bye Grass video.


Resources

RightScape Resources
Detailed photos of RightScapes and plant lists along with landscape design advice

University of California Turf Identification Website
Identify the type of turf you have on your property so you can properly remove its root structure

Tree of Life Nursery Resources
Questions? Call our Water Use Efficiency Department at (949) 453-5581 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.