Feb 17, 2014 7:50 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News
The city of Grover Beach wants to give you cash for your grass. In an effort to conserve water, the city is paying residents to pull water intensive grass landscaping from their yards and replace it with drought tolerant plants.
The city says it will pay you 50 cents per square foot of grass you remove from your yard up to 750 square feet. That's not the only way you can get paid for saving water.
"This is the succulent family, all this is succulents, and this is what I call the plants of the future," said veteran landscaper Antenogenes Sanches of Azteca Landscaping.
On Monday, Sanchez gave us a look at his latest project.
"This is the rosemary. It's beautiful. It has blue and purple flowers and it smells so good," said Sanchez holding one of the plants.
More importantly is the length of time it can survive without water. Sanchez says more and more clients are switching over to water conscience landscaping, something he calls the future.
"Succulents, you forget to water them for two weeks, three weeks, one month, no problem, they'll wait for you," said Sanchez.
He says most of the plants he's using need to be watered once a week and sometimes even less. He says the best part is, there's no sacrificing the beauty, with eye catching reds, blues, oranges, and pinks. He says some clients are even turning to AstroTurf instead of grass.
"Save money, conserve water and get a rebate. You can't lose," said Grover Beach Mayor Debbie Peterson.
Mayor Peterson says the cash for grass program has grown over the last few years.
"You have to take out at least 100 square feet of grass and you get 50 cents per square foot," said Peterson.
Sanchez says there's no doubt in his mind the benefits when it comes to ditching the grass.
"It's beautiful and you don't have to have too much water to have beautiful plants," said Sanchez.
To take advantage of the program you must go to Grover.org and fill out an application. You can find it under the water conservation link. After that, the city will schedule a time to come to your home and check out the grass before you begin removing it. Do not remove it, then call the city, or you will not be eligible for the rebate.
Grover Beach is also offering rebates toward the installation of water saving irrigation systems.
Several other local communities have similar programs. Check with your city or water company to find out how to take advantage.
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