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 online at http://www.cityofbuellton.com/departments/planning
To address the California Drought issues, The City of Buellton continues to stress to its community the importance of WATER CONSERVATION. While the City has good water supply, each resident can contribute to the long-term health of our watershed. There are many ways to conserve at home and most easily by adjusting landscape watering. This does not mean let your lawn and landscape die. Here’s how to keep your lawn alive during the drought:
Tip 1 – Water at night. Don’t lose your water to evaporation. Watering at night will allow the soil to absorb the water.
Tip 2 – Prevent run-off. Monitor your irrigation so that water is not wasted on sidewalks and streets. Make sure the water is directed to and contained within the landscape.
Tip 3 – Water less frequently….. but deeply enough to wet the soil to the recommended depth suitable for your lawn. And remember, deeply does not mean saturated to the point, that water is running off-site.
Tip 4 – Mow the lawn taller…2 ½ to 3” high. Taller grass blades will promote deeper roots and taller grass will shade soil, resulting in less water evaporation from the soil.
Tip 5 – If you water with a hose, ALWAYS use a nozzle with automatic shut-off!
Visit WaterWiseSB.org, the water conservation website for Santa Barbara County. Sponsored by the network of county water providers (including Buellton), this website is a wealth of information and resources regarding water conservation and programs.
For additional information visit www.WaterWiseSB.org
Fixtures & Appliances
Water-efficient products can help your wallet and the environment. Look for products bearing the “WaterSense” label; information on approved products can be found here: https://www.epa.gov/watersense