APCD To Launch Voluntary Electric Landscape Equipment Program March 4
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. — Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) is excited to announce a new program to encourage businesses, public agencies, and schools to use electric- powered landscaping equipment. Beginning on March 4, up to $100,000 is available for the Landscape Equipment Electrification Fund (LEEF) pilot program to provide vouchers covering up to 60 percent of the cost for eligible landscape equipment and up to 100 percent of the cost for additional batteries and chargers for equipment purchased through the program...click the link below to read the complete announcement.
Cash for Grass
The City of Buellton is offering rebates for replacing a lawn with water efficient plants, gravel, or synthetic turf in order to increase water efficiency. This is a “Cash for Grass” rebate program.
Requirements for the Rebate
- An eligible applicant can receive $1.00 per square foot for replacing a lawn with water efficient plants, gravel, or synthetic turf. The maximum amount of the rebate is $750 for eligible residential properties.
- Applicants must be a current water customer in good standing for the past 12 months.
- The existing lawn must have living landscape that is not water wise. Dead grass or low water use landscapes are not eligible.
- Projects must be approved in advance. The program is not retroactive.
- Landscapes for new construction are not eligible. Sales receipts and/or contractor invoices are required for all rebates.
- No more than 50% of the front yard may be covered with gravel. At least 50% of the front yard shall be landscaping.
- Applications are available in the City Planning office or can be downloaded by clicking this link - Landscape Rebate Application
Water Wise Gardening
- The biggest potential for water savings is outdoors.
- While a 15 minute shower uses 30 gallons, watering an average lawn for 15 minutes uses 700 gallons!
- Use water wise plants the garden and landscape areas.
- Make sure your sprinklers don't overwater or spray onto hard surfaces.
- More information can be found here: http://www.sb.watersavingplants.com/sb.php
Green Gardener Program
The Green Gardener Program for Santa Barbara County educates local gardeners in resource efficient and pollution prevention landscape maintenance practices. The Green Gardener Program is a regional program designed to offer education, training, and promotion of participating gardeners and landscape maintenance contractors.
Here's an updated list (updated July 2019) of the Certified Green Gardeners in Santa Barbara County.
City Hall Landscape Makeover
Completed in September 2015, this project was a culmination of City staff and landscape architect design ideas, a conservation corps grant and crews to help with the tear-out and installation of new drought-tolerant landscape and hardscape.