Turf Replacement Program

This Metropolitan program rewards landscape designs that incorporate water-saving plants, technology, irrigation systems and and other improvements. Rebates start at $2 per square foot and may be more depending on additional local water agency incentives. Read the February 13, 2019 press release.

Every turf replacement project must include:


  • 3 plants per 100 square feet of area transformed
  • A stormwater retention feature
  • Only paved surfaces that allow water to seep into the soil are allowed in the project area
  • Replacement or modification of overhead spray sprinklers

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Video Guide

Turf Replacement Program requires at least one of the following components. Check out these quick videos for inspiration.

After the Lawn is Gone: Waterwise Gardens (26m 47s)

Once your lawn is gone, you have a blank slate for design.  Learn about planning for your new waterwise garden with talk about smart features, a visit to a nursery and the inspiration of a just-planted garden that saves water and blooms beautifully.

Bye Bye Grass: How to Remove Your Lawn (26m 45s)

Lawns are the thirstiest and most resource-intensive plants in our gardens and don't really belong in our climate. See different ways to remove a lawn and create a more water-efficient landscape.

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