What is the 50% plant cover requirement?
Upon completion, and continuing for the five-year term of agreement, converted areas must contain enough plants to cover at least 50% of the converted area with living plants once the plants are fully grown. To determine if your plan will meet this requirement, check the mature growth size for each plant used. For information on plant sizes, check the Sunset Western Garden Book (available at bookstores and libraries) or your local nursery. Example: Retrofitting a 1,000 square foot lawn must contain a sufficient number of plants so that at maturity, the plants cover at least 500 square feet.

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1. How much is the rebate?
2. Am I required to pay a tax on my rebate?
3. Who is eligible to participate?
4. What lawn areas are eligible for the program?
5. Why are only front yards eligible?
6. What plants can I use in my water-efficient landscape?
7. I already replaced my lawn with water-efficient plants. Can I get a rebate?
8. I have already started my project. Can I get a rebate?
9. Can I receive a rebate for replacing my lawn completely with artificial turf?
10. Can I receive a rebate for installing a concrete patio, a walkway or an extension to my driveway?
11. Can I have a flagstone pathway as part of my project?
12. Can I receive a rebate if I already let my lawn die due to drought?
13. Can I receive a rebate for replacing my high water use lawn with low water use lawn?
14. Can I receive a rebate for replacing high water use plants other than lawn?
15. What is mulch and why is it required?
16. What is the 50% plant cover requirement?
17. Why is there a 50% plant cover requirement?
18. Can I keep my existing lawn sprinklers to water my new garden?
19. What type of irrigation system do I need to use?
20. What if I only convert part of my lawn?
21. How many times can I apply for the rebate?
22. Do I need to change my irrigation controller to be eligible?