Newest grass replacement rebate is instant sellout

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SAN DIEGO — Demand for the newest grass replacement rebate program exceeded the expectations of the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department.

Residents could file applications for the rebates starting Monday at midnight. By 5 p.m., approximately 600 people had applied.

“We ran out of money!” city spokesperson Robyn Bullard told FOX 5.

This is just the latest rebate being offered. Luis Generoso said the city has been approved for another grant to fund the program — they just need to sign the contract.  But it will be a few months before that rebate program is in effect.

The one in demand Tuesday offered $1.50 per square foot for replacing lawns with at least 25 percent plants in the yards.  For lawn replacement featuring less than 25 percent plants, like turf or rocks, the rebate is for $1.00 per square foot.

Applicants must have a green lawn or have pictures showing their lawn when it was green.

Russell Glavis of Bay Ho has lived in his house (photo) for 35 years and had a lawn he was proud of.

“Everyone admired it.  We’re sorry to see it go but they’re going to love this,” he said.

The Glavis family is replacing lawn and palm trees with turf surrounded by “medium-sized” Mexican beach rock.  Gloves took advantage of a $2 per square foot rebate offered by the Metropolitan Water District.  He expects a rebate check to cover about $2,700 of the $8,000 landscape conversion.  That conversion began Monday with the lawn being taken out and will be finished by Friday afternoon, he said.

His landscaper warned FOX 5 that because so many calls are coming in to convert lawns to drought-tolerant landscaping, it now takes about two months from initial call until the project can begin.

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