Waterscape & SoCal WaterSmart Rebates for Your San Diego Landscape

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Drought-tolerant landscaping, also known as xeriscaping, has become increasingly important in regions like San Diego, where water scarcity and environmental sustainability are pressing concerns. This approach to landscaping involves the use of plants that require minimal water, reducing the need for irrigation. The benefits of drought-tolerant landscaping in San Diego can be substantial, encompassing environmental, economic, and aesthetic aspects.

Let’s first go over the basics of saving water on landscaping, then let’s look at which San Diego homeowners are eligible for the related rebates…


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Environmental Benefits of Xeriscape (Water-Efficient Landscaping) in San Diego

Water Conservation: San Diego’s Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters, demands a shift towards more water-efficient landscaping. Drought-tolerant plants, such as succulents, native grasses, and certain shrubs, have adapted to thrive with less water. This adaptation significantly reduces water usage in gardening, conserving a precious resource in a region where water scarcity is a growing concern.

Reduced Runoff and Pollution: Traditional lawns and gardens often contribute to urban runoff, which carries pollutants into waterways. Drought-tolerant landscaping, on the other hand, typically incorporates permeable surfaces and plants that help absorb and filter rainwater, reducing runoff and improving water quality.

Supporting Local Ecosystems: By incorporating native plants, drought-tolerant landscaping helps to support local wildlife, including birds, bees, and butterflies. These plants are better adapted to the local environment and provide natural habitats and food sources for indigenous species.


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Economic Benefits for San Diego Homeowners & Rebate Programs

Lower Water Bills: One of the most immediate benefits of drought-tolerant landscaping is the reduction in water bills. Given that traditional lawns can consume a significant portion of a household’s water usage, switching to a water-efficient landscape can lead to substantial cost savings over time.

Rebates and Incentives: Recognizing the importance of water conservation, various programs in San Diego offer rebates and incentives for homeowners who convert to drought-tolerant landscaping. The Waterscape Rebate Program and the SoCal WaterSmart Rebate Program are two such initiatives. These programs provide financial incentives to homeowners who replace their lawns with drought-tolerant plants, install efficient irrigation systems, or implement rainwater capture systems.

The San Diego Waterscape Rebate Program, for instance, offers rebates for landscape transformation, irrigation upgrades, and rain barrels. The SoCal WaterSmart Rebate Program provides similar incentives, with the aim of encouraging sustainable landscaping practices across Southern California.


Which landscape rebate program you may be approved for is dependent on your location in San Diego county.

From the SanDiegoCounty.gov Waterscape Rebate Eligibility page:

While we want everyone to save money, beautify their yard, and conserve water, Waterscape Rebates do have some eligibility criteria based on where you live and who provides your water. If you live in unincorporated San Diego AND receive your water from the San Diego County Water Authority and their member agencies, you are eligible for ALL rebates on our website. (please review the map on their website for full clarity, or ask your Designs 4 You Remodeling Project Manager)


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Aesthetic Benefits of Xeriscaping in San Diego

Diverse Design Possibilities: Drought-tolerant landscaping offers a wide range of design possibilities. Homeowners can choose from a variety of colors, textures, and forms among drought-resistant plants, creating visually appealing gardens that are both sustainable and unique.

Low Maintenance: Besides being water-efficient, drought-tolerant plants generally require less maintenance than traditional lawns. They often need less pruning, fewer pesticides, and less frequent mowing, if at all. This low-maintenance aspect is particularly appealing for homeowners who want a beautiful landscape without the intensive labor.

Overall, drought-tolerant landscaping in San Diego presents a compelling solution to the challenges of water scarcity and environmental sustainability. It offers significant benefits, ranging from water conservation and reduced pollution to economic savings and aesthetic appeal. Programs like the Waterscape Rebate Program and the SoCal WaterSmart Rebate Program further enhance these benefits by providing financial incentives to homeowners. By embracing drought-tolerant landscaping, San Diego residents can contribute to a more sustainable future while enjoying the unique beauty of their natural environment.


Benefits of Replacing Lawns with Artificial Turf

Many of our customers want the benefits of xeriscaping and a water-efficient landscape, but also still want the “perfect green grass lawn” look. This is possible with the installation of artificial turf. Turf is a low maintenance and zero water (except for occasional cleaning) alterative to a desert landscape design or an expensive real grass lawn. We recommend W-supernatural 80-oz artificial turf, as it has a realistic and natural look. It’s common to have a warranty associated with turf, and as an example we offer 12 year warranty on labor, and 15 year warranty on product (this applies to pavers as well)

If you enjoyed this article, you may enjoy our other recent article on How to Save Money on San Diego Water & Electricity Bills.


Benefits of Replacing Lawns with Decomposed Granite

Decomposed granite is quickly growing in popularity for xeriscaping and drought tolerant landscape design. It’s the brown/sand colored substance seen in the front yard at the top of this article. Not only is decomposed granite affordable, it’s also permeable, natural, and aesthetically versatile. Paired with local San Diego plants and beautiful succulents, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better solution for this climate.


If you’re a San Diego homeowner and looking to remodel the interior or exterior of your home, please contact us for a free estimate and consultation. We would love to help you maximize your rebate and long term savings.

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