CCWD has launched a new program that will pay you an incentive of up to $500 to remove the front lawn of your home and replace the grass with drought-tolerant plants or even selected types of artificial lawn.
The District’s Pilot Water-Efficient Landscape Rebate Program provides an incentive to property owners to replace high-water use lawns with low-water use landscape plants and
The program offers customers fifty cents per square foot to replace eligible lawn areas with water-efficient landscaping using plants and shrubs with low water requirements.
It is open to residential and non-residential customers who receive treated water in the CCWD retail and wholesale service areas.
CCWD will rebate residential customers up to $500 (one thousand square feet of lawn removed).
Non-residential customers can receive up to $5,000 (ten thousand square feet of lawn removed).
You need to follow all the steps to qualify for the money. Look here for more information.
December Water Saving Tips
During December there are a number of things to do to keep your garden looking good while saving water.
* Rake up fallen leaves and put them in your compost pile. Never use a blower to clean out shrub beds as it can blow out mulch and topsoil and expose plant roots.
* Turn off the watering system completely. Only water manually if we don’t receive rain for two to three weeks. Remember, some lawns will go partially dormant and turn brown in the winter if we have a cold spell. They don’t need irrigation. They will bounce back in spring when the weather warms up.
* Don’t mow lawns when they are wet. This will cause soil compaction and hurt the quality of the lawn. Wait until the grass is dry even if it takes an extra week or so.
Looking For Water Saving Plant Ideas?
Stop by our nearly one-acre Demonstration Garden at CCWD’s District Center office at 1331 Concord Ave. in Concord.
The garden has more than 50 types of drought-tolerant plants ranging from sea lavender to the California fuchsia. We also have trees such as the desert willow and pomegranate.
The garden was originally planted in 1991 to replace a large water-drinking lawn. It was refurbished this year with more plants and a modern irrigation system.
It is one of 78 Demonstration Gardens in California recognized by the Water Education Foundation, The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Urban Water Conservation Council.
The garden now uses one-third of the water that the old lawn consumed….and we never have to mow it!