Today, cities within California are seeking to incentivize homeowners to switch from high-maintenance lawns to water-saving alternatives. These Rebates can provide qualified homeowners with a financial return on their artificial grass investment. This article provides an overview of 2022 California lawn rebates currently being offered.
How do I qualify for a California lawn rebate?
Most cities and water districts require applicants to be residents of their respective areas. Often, these artificial grass conversion projects require a preexisting lawn that has been well irrigated and is healthy to qualify for rebate programs.
2022 California Lawn Rebates (Northern California)
Monterey Peninsula Water Management District
Monterey Peninsula Water Management District is offering $1.00 per square foot for a maximum of 2,500 square feet per qualifying property. Rebates are only available for regularly maintained lawns that are irrigated and green. It’s also important that residents do not begin artificial turf installations or tamper with the preexisting yard until they have been prequalified. Lastly, a minimum of 250 square feet of lawn must be removed.
For more information regarding this rebate, visit: https://www.mpwmd.net/conservation/rebates/landscape-rebates/
City of Modesto
The city of Modesto is offering $2 per square foot for a maximum of $3,000 per residential water account and $6,000 per commercial water account for the conversion of a preexisting grass area to artificial turf. Remember that funding is limited; therefore, applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Before converting your existing grass area to artificial turf, schedule a pre-inspection and await your rebate approval. The rebate covers only the products used during the conversion. Labor and taxes are not included in this rebate.
For more information regarding this rebate, visit: https://www.modestogov.com/922/Turf-Replacement-Program
Foster city is offering $4.00 per square foot for a maximum rebate of $5,000 per residential customer and $10,000 per commercial customer. On-site inspection and city approval are required before undergoing the conversion process. During the pre-installation inspection, the lawn’s condition will be verified. Areas of dead grass, hardscape, sand, and rock are not eligible for this rebate offer.
For more information regarding this rebate, visit: https://www.fostercity.org/publicworks/page/synthetic-turf-rebate-program
City of Madera
The city of Madera is offering $1.00 per square foot for a maximum rebate offer of $1,000. The turf being replaced must also be irrigated. Before renovating your space, it is essential to fill out the application form and receive a pre-inspection. Also, the rebate covers only the products used during the conversion. Labor and taxes are not included. A final project inspection is required after the project is complete. Because funding is limited, applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information regarding this rebate, visit: https://www.madera.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Turf_Replacement_Rebate_Programv3.pdf
2022 California Lawn Rebates (Southern California)
Coachella Valley Water District
The Coachella Valley Water District is offering residential owners $3.00 per square foot for a maximum of $30,000 for new landscape conversion projects. Additional landscape rebates are available for each program year, providing other incentives for up to a maximum of 10,000 square feet. Do not begin your project before receiving pre-approval from the Coachella Valley Water District. Residents must also have a green or golden-brown lawn to qualify for this conversion rebate. Any exposed dirt areas without remnants of grass will not be counted towards the rebate offer. Applicants must also have a preexisting irrigation system and are required to complete and sign an IRS Form W-9.
For more information regarding this rebate, visit: https://cvwd-rebates.droplet.us/residential-landscape-rebate-program-terms-and-conditions
Santa Barbara County
Currently, Santa Barbara County offers specific rebate opportunities for districts and cities within their region as a part of their “Water Wise Landscape Rebate Program.”
- Carpinteria Valley Water District
Carpinteria Valley Water District is offering $500 for a single-family home and $1,000 for a commercial residence for the renovation costs. This one-time rebate covers pre-approved costs of equipment and material.
- The City of Buellton
The City of Buellton is offering $1.00 per square foot for a maximum rebate amount of $750 for residential Homeowners. Applicants must be current water customers that are in good standing. Low water use landscapes or dead grass areas are not eligible for the rebate.
For more information regarding this rebate, visit: https://www.waterwisesb.org/2187/Water-Wise-Landscape-Rebate-Program
City of San Bernardino
The city of San Bernadino is offering $2 per square foot for a maximum of $400 to replace irrigated grass with artificial grass. Residents must first submit their application with supporting documentation. Documentation includes photos of the project area and a receipt showing the project’s cost per square foot, separate from any labor and installation fees. After receiving pre-approval, residents may begin their conversion process. Be sure to reach out to the city if any changes to the originally planned materials change.
For more information regarding this rebate, visit: https://www.sbmwd.org/259/Outdoor-Rebates-Incentives
Why Choose Artificial Grass over your preexisting lawn?
Artificial grass is an investment; it provides a means of saving money on landscaping and is a drought-conscious alternative to traditional lawns. For the average Californian, outdoor irrigation is the most prominent use of water, and artificial grass possesses a viable option for minimizing a home’s water use and irrigation costs. Artificial turf also helps reduce the need for pesticides and fertilizers. Concerns regarding the potential toxicity of artificial turf and its properties have led to various studies. To date, no evidence has been reported that surface materials, yarns, infill, and backing are harmful to humans and pets under normal use conditions. Lastly, artificial grass can transform your landscape in a matter of days.
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