As the temperatures begin to drop, thinking about your landscaping project is more than likely the last thing on your mind. But if you have ever considered reducing the size of your lawn (and would like to get a credit on your water bill for doing so) it might be beneficial to start thinking about your project a little earlier.
The City of Flagstaff offers a rebate program for replacing the turf in your yard with a more xeriscape plant palate.
§ A minimum of 1500 square feet of established turf must be removed and replaced with Xeriscape plants.
§ Rebate amounts are:
1,500 – 2,999 square feet = $500
3,000 – 3,999 square feet = $600
4,000 – 4,999 square feet = $800
$200 for each additional 1,000 square feet removed up to $3,000 maximum for 15,000 square feet.
§ At least 50% of the eligible area (estimated at maturity), must be replaced with low water use plant material, excluding low water turf.
§ Only low water use plants qualify.
§ Low water use turf qualifies if less than 25% of total conversion and no larger than 500 square feet in larger projects. Areas of turf outside the conversion area are allowed.
A rebate of up to $3,000 will be given for converting common or Homeowner Association (HOA) turf areas for turf removed in excess of 3,000 square feet. A rebate of $200 per 1,000 square feet of converted area will be awarded.
Landscape fabrics MUST be installed for weed control. It must allow water to penetrate to the ground and no plastic materials are allowed as they do not allow water to soak through.
Excessive use of rock products and artificial turf in expansive areas are strongly discouraged. They may cover exposed dirt if less than 20% of total conversion.
The soil between plants must be covered with at least 2” of mulch.
Only drip irrigation is permissible if a permanent irrigation system is installed. Spray irrigation is not permitted in the rebate area. Areas watered with sprinklers including micro-sprinklers will not disqualify your project, but will be excluded from the rebate area.
§ Follow the principles of Xeriscape™:
o Proper landscape planning and design
o Low water use plants
o Appropriate turf areas
o Efficient irrigation
o Soil improvements
o Use of mulches
o Appropriate maintenance
For more information, click HERE. The funds for this program are limited, so be sure to apply as early as possible in the Spring. Agassiz Landscape Group would love to help you achieve the best results possible within your b
udget. Give us a call today for a free estimate!