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It Pays to Lose Your Lawn

The Santa Clara Valley Water District paid us to remove our lawn and save a lot of time and money. Sweet!

Though attractive, we never use our lawns. Never.

Our house came with 1,500 square feet of front and back lawns that require frequent mowing (weekly), water (3X per week), fertilizer (2X year), sprinkler maintenance, weed, pest and disease treatments, and for what? It's looks nice, but it's not "natural" and uses up far more of our time, money, and water than seems worth it.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District agrees and will pay residents 75 cents per square foot to lose our lawns. For us that adds up to $1,125.00.


We just finished Phase 1 by taking out the back lawns and replacing with rocks and succulents. We love the look, it's low maintenance, and we loooove the freedom from the time and expense of caring for a lawn we don't really use.

When we replace the front lawn this summer our water bill will be almost nothing and our free time will expand. Life is good.

It sure pays to lose your lawn!

PS- IMPORTANT NOTE FOR WANNA-BE LAWN LOSERS- to get paid to lose your lawn you must go through the application and approval process BEFORE tearing out your lawn!
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Mayra Flores de Marcotte June 18, 2012 at 04:48 AM
This is great! I agree. Lawns are pretty to look at but take way too much time to maintain and cost a lot in the long run. We replaced the bulk of our lawns as well and have never looked back. Things look tidy AND we have time to enjoy it. :) Thanks for the great read!
Marty Grimes June 19, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Way to go! For anyone thinking about making the switch, FIRST look at our website to see how to qualify for a rebate: http://www.valleywater.org/Programs/LandscapeRebateProgram.aspx Marty Grimes Santa Clara Valley Water District
David and Darlene Steele June 19, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Marty, thanks for your reminder. MOST IMPORTANT for wanna-be lawn losers to know is that you must go through the application and approval process BEFORE tearing out your lawn!
Summer Winds September 19, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Bay-Friendly will present a Lose Your Lawn talk at our SummerWinds Nursery in Campbell, Saturday September 21, 2013 starting at 10am. Join us and spread the word! Master Composter Brian Debasitis and Landscape Professional Rebecca Schoenenberger will be speaking. http://www.bayfriendlycoalition.org/NurseryEvents.shtml


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