That turf parking strip between the sidewalk and street is nearly impossible to irrigate without causing wasteful overspray and runoff. In light of the current drought, the City is now giving water customers an extra incentive to replace that unneeded grass with more climate-appropriate plants or permeable hardscape. The long-running Cash For Grass rebate program has added a “Flip Your Strip” bonus for participants starting in July. Parking strip areas will now earn $2 for each square foot converted and that money will not count toward the site’s maximum rebate amount. Other areas of the yard continue to earn $1 per square foot in rebates up to a maximum $750 for single-family homes and $2,500 for commercial or multi-family sites.
Over the past decade, the Cash For Grass program has stimulated replacement of more than 1.5 million square feet of water-thirsty lawn with attractive water-efficient landscaping. Participating customers save on water bills and yard maintenance. Full details about the program are found online at https://www.cityofnapa.org/585/Cash-For-Grass. Before getting started, participants must schedule a brief pre-inspection with the City’s Water Conservation Specialist (707-257-9497). Then it’s time to Flip Your Strip!