Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are raising the turf rebate from $1.75 to $2 per square foot in an effort to encourage Angelenos replace turf with sustainable landscaping. The raised rebate will be available until December 31. Applications for the rebate are available on the SoCal Water $mart website.
The rebate is a part of LADWP’s California Friendly® Landscape Incentive Program, which incentivizes residents to replace water-wasting lawns with landscapes that include plants native to Los Angeles, groundcover like mulch to help retain moisture in the soil, and a rain capturing element. LADWP General Manager David H. Wright said in a statement that, “[s]ince 2009, Angelenos have removed nearly 50 million square feet of grass, yielding about 2 billion gallons in annual water savings.” The goal of this rebate extension is to continue the trend of removing grass and turn sustainable landscaping into the “new normal,” according the the Mayor’s office.
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