With water supplies continuing to tighten, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Thursday that the city’s Department of Water and Power will pay homeowners and businesses significantly more to remove their grassy turf. Approved applications will receive $5 per square foot, a 67% increase from the previous $3-per-square-foot incentive.
The payment is capped at $25,000 per residential property.
Removing your lawn is just half the process; in order to get the rebate, you must have an approved plan for replacing the grass with drought-tolerant plants. But the timing of the higher rebate is propitious. The cooler temperatures of what passes for fall and winter in Southern California will give those new plants a chance to establish themselves before the deadly heat waves return.