Cash For Grass
Turf Replacement Rebate Program
Notice: For single-family residences, the City of Napa Cash For Grass rebate may be supplemented by the State of California Turf Replacement Rebate, view the Cash for Grass rebate informational website for more information. That is a temporary program funded by the Prop 1 Water Bond to help address California's historic drought. It has its own separate terms and conditions and application process. Rebates will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis while funds last. For more information regarding the State rebate, visit the Save our Water Rebates website, call 844-642-7410, or Email Save Our Water.
Supported by a Prop 84 Grant from the California Department of Water Resources, the City of Napa is offering water customers an incentive to replace their thirsty lawns with water-efficient landscaping. The program offers $1 per square foot to replace eligible lawn areas with:
- Low-water-use, climate-appropriate plants, and/or
- Permeable hardscape
The program is open to all properties that are served by a City of Napa water account - residential, commercial, industrial, or institutional. The following per site maximum rebate amounts apply:
- $750 for Single-Family Residential (equivalent to 750 square feet of lawn removed)
- $2,500 for HOA/Multi-Family/Commercial/Institutional (equivalent to 2,500 square feet of lawn removed)
Customers may of course remove more turf area than is covered by the rebate program, but the per site maximum money still applies. If you are an interested customer, be sure to fully review the Cash for Grass Turf Replacement Rebate Program Terms and Conditions (PDF). Customers must consent to brief Pre - and Post-Inspection site visits. Please note, lawn areas to be converted must be historically irrigated. Long-dead lawns or lawns already removed at the time of pre-inspection are not eligible.
Note: Artificial Turf installations are not eligible for the rebate as they do not meet the criteria for sustainable landscaping under State grant funding agreements. Artificial Turf for homes may be eligible for financing under the HERO Program, view the HERO Program website.
Steps To Participate
- Call the Water Conservation Specialist at 707-257-9497 or Email Cash for Grass to schedule a brief Pre-Inspection visit to have the lawn area measured.
- Following Pre-Inspection, await receipt of your Notice to Proceed letter containing a pre-approved Cash For Grass Program Application (PDF) from the City. Do not remove lawn until you receive these documents in the mail.
- Remove the lawn area and install your project according to the program Terms and Conditions.
- Call the Water Conservation Specialist at 707-257-9497 or Email Cash for Grass to schedule a Post-Inspection visit. Post-Inspection must take place within 4 months of the Notice to Proceed.
- Provide at Post-Inspection your final completed Application, a list of plants and materials used in the conversion, and copies of receipts for costs incurred. Rebate checks will be processed within 4 weeks.
Water-Wise Plant Resources
Want to get rid of that high-water-use lawn, but aren't sure what to put in its place? The following resources can help:
- California Native Plant Society
- Consider hiring a local Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscaper or Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL)
- Garden Gallery in the Water-Wise Gardening in the Napa Valley website
- Water-Wise Plants in the Sunset Western Garden Collection
- Learn about the Sheet Mulch process and Lose Your Lawn the Bay-Friendly Way
- Sunset's 22 Inspiring Lawn-Free Yards
- The Sunset Western Garden Book and EBMUD's Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates
- WUCOLS: Plant species classified into very low, low, moderate, and high water use
- Water Wonk: Handy WUCOLS-based search tool
- Free Water-Wise Landscaping Workshops
- Free Home Composting Workshops
- Water-Wise Demonstration Gardens: Water Division, Fire Station Number 3, Vintage High School
- Remember the 8 Basic Principles of Water-Wise Landscaping
Alert: To retain Cash For Grass rebate eligibility, do not install high-water-use plants in your converted landscape. Only very low (VL), low (L), or moderate (M) water-use species are acceptable. High-water-use plant species are those classified as high (H) in WUCOLS or those listed as needing "Regular Water" or "Ample Water" in the Sunset Western Garden Book.