The Golden State is experiencing a multi-year drought that’s taking its toll on water reserves and has government officials asking everyone to do their part in conserving water. This means reducing, or stopping altogether, the watering of lawns and landscaping, because this is the activity that’s wasting the most water.

Maintaining natural grass is a massive water drain, requiring thousands of gallons of water to survive annually. In California, more than 50 percent of residential water use occurs outdoors. This is why some Southern California residents are taking advantage of the opportunity to beautify their lawns and save money at the same time.

Currently, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is offering residents turf removal rebates starting at $2.00 per square foot. And with artificial grass options starting at $1.58 per square foot, some SoCal residents are actually making money by switching out to a more drought-friendly lawn option.

There are two ways to go about replacing your natural lawn. You can hire a professional installer, or you can go the DIY (do-it-yourself) route. (Check out this 1 minute video to see the difference in price between hiring a professional and doing it yourself.)

Beyond the initial opportunity to earn cash incentives for making the switch from natural grass to artificial grass, there are also a few other big (financial) reasons homeowners are choosing the more eco-friendly landscaping option:

  • save money on water bill
  • save money on landscape maintenance costs
  • save time spent on lawn upkeep

If you’re interested in taking a peek at how the installation process works, feel free to check out this DIY Easy Install Guide to get an idea of what you can expect. And for a complete list of the Metropolitan’s rebates and incentives, check out Be Water Wise.