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UPDATE: Santa Clarita Valley water agency launches buy-your-lawn program

Replacement offers $2 per square foot for water-thirsty grass landscape

Posted: July 7, 2014 3:19 p.m.
Updated: July 7, 2014 5:48 p.m.

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Attention, drought-conscious ratepayers: local water wholesalers want to buy your lawn.

On Monday, the Castaic Lake Water Agency announced the launch of its much-anticipated Lawn Replacement Program, through which homeowners are offered $2 for every square foot of lawn they remove from their home.

Participants stand to receive up to $5,000 per property under the program.

“We are excited to offer an option for lawn replacement for residents,” said Stephanie Anagnoson, the agency’s conservation coordinator.

The primary goal of the program is to reduce outdoor water use by removing water-thirsty lawns and encourage new water-efficient landscape options to maintain an aesthetically pleasing sustainable property.

“As we head toward fall, this is a great time to re-evaluate your lawn,” Anagnoson said. “However, this program isn’t for everyone, and it’s important to read all the rules first.

“Most importantly, please do not kill your grass without applying to the program,” she said.

Each customer must meet “design guideline” criteria set up by the agency, then apply to qualify for the program.

Interested parties are urged to read all of the agency’s requirements in the “Process and Design Guidelines” and to read its “terms and conditions” as well to see if their landscape renovations qualify.

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chefgirl358: Posted: July 7, 2014 11:56 p.m.

I doubt my HOA would allow this... --edited.

debatenohate: Posted: July 8, 2014 12:44 a.m.

It's a bummer that those of us who already did this, with foresight, don't get to benefit!

bobforte: Posted: July 8, 2014 12:36 p.m.

Yes. Most HOAs are still requiring high maintenance plants and grass and continue to install them on common areas.

SReilly12: Posted: July 8, 2014 2:51 p.m.

Does anyone out there have an AstroTurf lawn.........wondering how that works with pets as far as potty issues?!?! Friend of ours just did a small backyard, looks great, easy to maintain but he is pet less.

ajones999: Posted: July 8, 2014 4:16 p.m.

Does anyone know if NEWHALL RANCH (21,000 homes) residents will be required to have DROUGHT TOLERANT landscaping? Seems like that's a great place to start/enforce a no-grass landscaping policy. Train those people right from the start that we live in a desert environment and they can't have green lawns that suck up our precious water supply. --edited.

9114SCV: Posted: July 9, 2014 2:17 a.m.

SReilly12-AstroTurf lawn gets extremely hot, often times too hot for dogs to walk on. I have a friend who installed it and had to tear it out and replaced it with regular sod because of her pets.

ricketzz: Posted: July 9, 2014 8:54 a.m.

We are not in a desert; deserts get more water. We are a semi-arid Mediterranean climate. The desert is where cactus and sage and Joshua Trees are abundant. We might have an occasional prickly pear. New homes get less water because we are out of water.

SReilly12: Posted: July 9, 2014 11:19 a.m.

9114SCV - Thank you very much for the info!

Unreal: Posted: July 10, 2014 3:57 p.m.

It's nice to have a help with taking the lawn out but having a design drawn up and plantings installed is way too much. I wish the whole thing was cement and just few dwarf fruit trees.

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