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Pasadena In Focus
Jan - Feb 2012

Transform Your Yard into a Water-wise Garden

Grn_House_VertNow that the holidays are over, it’s time to think about replacing some of your water-thirsty lawn with drought-tolerant plants as well as mulch. Take advantage of winter rains and moderate weather to get new plants established before summer heat arrives. Local nurseries have a great selection of plants to make your garden a beautiful oasis.

Many residents don’t realize that lawns are foreign to Pasadena. In our semi-arid climate, grasses like St. Augustine, Marathon and Fescue require a tremendous amount of mowing, edging, fertilizing, aerating, weed killers and pesticides to keep them green. Studies show that lawns need 50 percent more water than most other plants.

PWP is still offering $1 for every square foot of lawn you remove (up to $2,500). Funding is limited, so don’t miss this great opportunity to update your landscaping and receive a rebate. By replacing some or all of your lawn, you can save money on your water bill in addition to enjoying a fresh new look in your yard.

Find complete program guidelines, rebate applications, how-to videos and hundreds of water conservation ideas at www.cityofpasadena.net/savewater. An inspection and reservation are required prior to starting your project.