Lawn Replacement Program

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to remove a grass lawn and plant new (non-grass) landscape?

Your new landscaping can range from very inexpensive up to $20 per square foot, depending on how much of the work you do yourself and whether you buy inexpensive or expensive materials. The choice is yours.

My lawn has been dead for several months. Do I still qualify for the program?

No, if your lawn is already dead, you will not qualify for the program.

That said, often people think their lawn is dead when it is dormant. SCV Water can determine at a pre-inspection if your lawn is truly dead. If you have living grass, you may be able to participate. 

What plants can be used for this program?

While re-planting grass is not allowed, the choice of plants is up to you. Frequently, customers use Sunset's Western Garden book (available at your favorite bookstore) or Colorful Landscapes for Water Conservation booklet.

If I replace plants other than turf/grass, will these qualify for the rebate?

No, the specific purpose of this incentive is to assist residents to get rid of that water-thirsty lawn/grass.

Can I use artificial turf grass as part of my new landscape?

As of July 1, 2016, you will not be able to use artificial turf as part of this program.


How much plant material needs to be planted?

In the front yard, plant material must cover at least 50% of the new landscaped area by the time the plants are mature, or after approximately two years. If you wish to count existing plants towards your 50% plant coverage requirement, you need an administrative stamp from the City of Santa Clarita if you live within City boundaries. If you live in unincorporated Los Angeles County (e.g., Stevenson Ranch, Castaic, Val Verde), and wish to count existing plants towards your 50% plant coverage requirement, call SCV Water for details (661-297-1600).

How will I know the number of plants that I need to install in order to meet the 50% plant at maturity requirement?

Most plant guides break down various plants by size, or spread. If you plan to remove 1,000 square feet of grass, you will need to plant at least 500 square feet of plants. This area can be replaced by the plants of your choosing as long as the total spread at maturity (after two years time) is equal to 500 square feet.

Is mulch required between plants?

Your new landscape is required to have 100% covered with materials such as plants, compost and mulch, and or permeable “hardscape” (e.g., mulch, decomposed granite). At least 50% must be plant material; up to 50% can be permeable such as mulch. Organic mulch is recommended because it helps prevent runoff and holds moisture in the soil.

Do I have to replace my irrigation system?

As of July 1, 2016, you must have drip irrigation installed in your project area or hand water. Check with your water retail company to see about an additional rebate for drip irrigation.

I live in a homeowners association (HOA) and do not have an individual water account. Can I still qualify for the program?

No, you need an individual water account to qualify for this program.

Am I guaranteed funding for my project?

Rebate funds are not set aside until we have inspected your completed project and you have returned a W-9 to us.

When will funds be available for the Lawn Replacement Program?

Funds will be available July 1, 2016 or sooner.