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Turf replacement rebate

The State of California’s Department of Water Resources is now offering a rebate program for single-family residential homeowners who are interested in removing their existing turf (dead or alive) and replacing it with low water using landscapes.

There is a $24 million budget set aside by the State of California for the program, which aims to convert 10 million square feet of turf. This would assist with the statewide goal of replacing 50 million square feet of turf by roughly 20 percent. The rebate offers up to $2 per square foot of turf that is removed and replaced, with a maximum of $2,000 per household.

The rebates are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Below is how to apply for a rebate:

1. Go to the State’s website

2. Complete the reservation application process (Part 1)

3. Receive your reservation approval notice

4. Start and complete your re-landscaping project

5. Complete the rebate application process (Part 2)

6. Receive your rebate approval notice

7. Receive your rebate check!

Do not start your project before receiving your “reservation approval.”

For more information on the State’s Turf Replacement Rebate Program, visit their website at:

For more information on water conservation, please contact the City of Turlock Municipal Services at 209-668-5590. Brought to you by the City of Turlock Municipal Services Department.



Basic principles to drought tolerant landscaping: Limit the area of turf, select appropriate drought tolerant plants, select the right plants for the right soil, use water efficient irrigation, add mulch around plants, and maintain your irrigation system.