Water-Wise Landscaping

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Did you know that up to 70% of summer water use comes from landscape irrigation? We understand that keeping your yards looking beautiful is important to you and the great news is that you can have a beautiful yard that is also water efficient. We offer a variety of landscape rebates, as well as free advice along with lots of great links that will help you to have a gorgeous water-wise landscape all year round.

 Landscape Rebates

Request a Required Pre or Post Inspection

  • Greywater and rainwater catchment (requires pre and post inspection)
  • Lawn and hardscape removal (requires pre and post inspection)
  • Drip irrigation conversion from spray (requires pre and post inspection)
  • Smart irrigation controller (post inspection only)
     

Contact us for more information on these topics- (831) 600-1907 or conservation@svwd.org

  • How to remove your lawn without chemicals or trucking dead grass to landfill
  • How to maintain your irrigtaion system and prevent water waste.
  • How to harvest and direct rainwater on your property
  • How to use greywater from washers, showers and tubs
  • How to find a "green" gardener
  • How to see photos of real local landscapes where you can click and save the plants to your own nursery shopping list.
  • How to certify your home or business as a Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape and get local nursery discounts
  • How to qualify for LID grant monies (in addition to rebates!) for rainwater harvesting, re-directing downspouts, making pavemnet pervious or removing turf.
     

Online Landscaping Resources

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscapes
Provides home gardeners, landscape professionals and local governments with the skills and resources to create beautiful, healthy, and sustainable gardens and landscapes with the goal of reducing the impact of conventional landscape practices on the local environment.
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Water Smart Gardening for Santa Cruz County
A wonderful resource full of ideas, pictures and plant lists for creating water-smart landscapes in Santa Cruz County. Take local garden tours, pick out your favorite plants and create your own plant shopping list!

photo of a succulent plant List of 800 Low Water Using Plants
A thorough list of 800 low water use plants broken down into categories that will help you create a water-smart plant list for any landscape project.
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Water Saving Tips
Brought to you by the Water Conservation Coalition of Santa Cruz County, this website is full of both indoor and outdoor water saving tips that you can easily take part in!

graphic from Slow it, Spread it, Sink it publication Slow it, Sink it, Spread it
This link will take you to a variety of materials from our local Resource Conservation District. We recommend “Slow it, Spread it, Sink it” as the “go-to” guide on managing rainwater on your property, with local photos of swales, dry creek beds, rain gardens and rainwater harvesting projects.
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From the best-selling Tucson, AZ author Brad Lancaster, this website will delight you with rainwater harvesting images, video and audio.
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A great regional resource with info on design, rebates, permits, installers and workshops on greywater re-use from washers, showers, or tubs.