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Re-Imagine Your Yard

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Did you know that up to 70 percent of summer water use goes to landscape irrigation? SVWD understands that keeping your yards looking beautiful is important. You can have a beautiful yard and also be water efficient. The District offers a variety of landscape rebates, as well as free advice to help you to have a gorgeous water-wise landscape all year round.

Landscape Rebates

  • 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)
  • Changing out old, inefficient spray nozzels with better ones (requires pre and post inspection)
  • Smart irrigation controller (post inspection only)

Click here to read a landscaping success story from one Scotts Valley homeowners association!

Contact the District for more information on these topics: (831) 600-1901 or conservation@svwd.org

  • How to remove your lawn without chemicals or trucking dead grass to landfill
  • How to make your current lawn more water-efficient
  • How to maintain your irrigation 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 find free landscape plans for four different yard environments

    Irrigation Maintenance Checklist

Online Landscaping Resources

How to Remove a Lawn with Sheet Mulching
Keep valuable topsoil by covering your lawn with layers of cardboard and mulch

48 Low Water, High Performing Plants
These plants grow effortlessly in low-water conditions and bloom in an array of colors.

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!

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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!

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Slow it, Sink it, Spread it
Explore a variety of materials from our local Resource Conservation District. “Slow it, Spread it, Sink it” is the go-to guide to managing rainwater on your property, with local photos of swales, dry creek beds, rain gardens, and rainwater harvesting projects.

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Harvesting Rainwater 
From the best-selling author Brad Lancaster, this website will delight you with rainwater harvesting images, video, and audio.

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Central Coast Greywater Alliance
A great regional resource with info on design, rebates, permits, installers, and workshops on greywater re-use from washers, showers, or tubs.