Did you know that outside landscaping consumes around 50-70 percent of water used at a single property? Not only does that take precious resources, but it also costs you, the homeowner, money. You may qualify for a rebate program that pays to save! Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is offering a rebate program for removing grass turf and transforming your space into a water-wise sanctuary.
To be eligible, residents must register at www.socalwatersmart.com before beginning any step of the project. Once you receive an approval to proceed, you have 180 days to complete your transformation.
Once you have been approved, use these simple steps to get started:
1. Identify your current turf as either warm season (St. Augustine, Bermuda, and Zoysia) which thrives in warmer temperatures, or cold season (Tall Fescue, Kentucky Blue, and Perennial Rye) which thrives in cooler temperatures.
2. Choose a turf removal technique most relevant to the turf you plan to remove.
3. Plan your new landscape design including efficient irrigation, water-wise plants, hardscape (rocks) and softscape (mulch, soil, bark). More specific project requirements are available at www.socalwatersmart.com.
A free Turf Removal Workshop will be held at Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District on October 13th with more detailed information. To register for the workshop, visit www.evmwd.com/workshops.