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Pasadena In Focus
May - June 2011

Kill Time, and Your Lawn, While You Plan for Turf Rebates

You might be preparing for the annual battle to protect your lawn and delicate plants from summer heat, but more and more neighbors are using the warming trend to their advantage as they replace thirsty grass with water-smart plants and groundcover. It can take several months to kill turf, but heat makes the long goodbye short and sweet.

Whichever method you choose -- herbicide, solarization under a clear tarp or light exclusion under an opaque tarp – summer heat is your best accomplice.

PWP is on your side! On Aug. 1 we’ll start taking reservations again for turf replacement rebates that could bring you $1 per square foot (up to $2,500). In the meantime, you can get a head start on your project by taking these steps:

Get inspiration for a new water-wise landscaping plan at www.cityofpasadena.net/savewater. You’ll find before-and-after videos from neighbors who’ve already made the switch, plus the Water-Smart Landscaping Guide, an interactive compendium of Pasadena-friendly plants and gardening tips.

  • If you aren’t the greenest thumb on the block, get at least three bids from landscaping or gardening pros who can handle your project. Pasadena nurseries are a great source.
  • Before deciding on a plan, carefully read Turf Replacement Program rules at www.cityofpasadena.net/turfremoval and make sure your project satisfies program requirements as well as your landscaping needs.
  • Take plenty of pictures of your existing landscaping. You’ll need them as part of your rebate application.
  • While its ok to plan your project and begin killing turf this summer, leave the old turf intact until you’ve passed a plan inspection by PWP’s program manager. Be sure to visit www.cityofpasadena.net/turfremoval on or after Aug. 1 to schedule the inspection and reserve your rebate.