Many valley cities are offering you cash! Cash for your grass that is! The purpose of a grass-to-Xeriscape program is to help customers reduce their landscape water use by half or more by replacing their water-thirsty lawns with landscape plants more suitable for our Sonoran Desert climate.
Xeriscape (zeer-a-scape) is a term that defines a creative approach to landscaping that includes the use of well-adapted plants, efficient irrigation, careful design, and proper maintenance. When used together, these principles produce superior landscapes that save both water and energy. Xeriscape also creates or replaces habitat needed by wildlife, and helps to create shade for people, our homes, and our communities.
Just in case you are wondering how much water you can save with Xeriscape… For every 1,000 square feet of grass removed, you’ll save 20,000 gallons a year. And don’t forget, maintenance will be easier, too!
The Arizona Municipal Water Users Association has put together a complete listing of rebates for both residential and commercial properties. Find it here, or check with your water provider. Don’t miss our recent blog about how to remove your grass!
Donna DiFrancesco is a Conservation Specialist with the City of Mesa, AZ, one of fifteen Water – Use It Wisely partners to offer water-saving advice and programs.