Grass-to-Xeriscape Landscape Rebate
ABOUT THE REBATE PROGRAM
The purpose of the Grass-to-Xeriscape program is to help our
customers reduce their landscape water use by half or more by
replacing their water-thirsty lawns with landscape plants
appropriate to our Sonoran Desert climate. When you remove 500
square feet or more of established grass and replace it with a
water-thrifty landscape, the City of Mesa will provide a $500
WHAT DOES XERISCAPE MEAN?
Xeriscape (zeer-a-scape) is a term that defines a creative
approach to landscaping that includes the use of well-adapted
plants, efficient irrigation, careful design, and proper
maintenance. When used together, these principles produce
superior landscapes that save both water and energy. Xeriscape
also creates or replaces habitat needed by wildlife, and helps
to create shade for people, our homes, and our communities.
REQUIREMENTS & ELIGIBILITY
Read these guidelines prior to filling out your
1. The applicant must be the current owner of a
single-family home and a City of Mesa water customer.
2. Contact us before you start! The rebate is not retroactive
prior to the approval date, and is not applicable to conversion
projects that take place without the approval of the City of
3. Grass must be relatively healthy. Under this program
"healthy" shall be defined as routinely irrigated and manicured
with an average coverage of 70 percent.
4. The converted area must be replaced with low-water using
plants that, when fully mature, will cover at least 50 percent
of the area (grass cannot be replaced with just artificial turf
or rock). See page two of
5. No fountains exist on the property unless they are a
cascading, or non-spray design.
6. No body of water exists on the property that has a surface
area greater than 1,000 square feet.
7. Spray irrigation and non-pervious materials such as black
plastic sheeting are not permitted in the rebated area. A
concrete surface cannot take up more than 25 percent of the
8. The new landscape must be covered with a minimum of a 2" deep
layer of organic or inorganic mulch (such as granite or rock).
Other materials may qualify.
9. The grass removal or installation of the Xeriscape must not
conflict with other City of Mesa landscaping requirements as
prescribed by existing policies, procedures, or ordinances.
10. Homeowners who are members of a Homeowner's Association
(HOA) must ensure that the new landscape complies with HOA
Covenants, Codes & Restrictions (CC&Rs).
11. Only one rebate is allowed per property.
12. The following would not be eligible:
a. New residential homes built within the
past year of the application date.
b. Any properties that are not
single-family residential, including common areas owned by HOAs.
c. Any grass areas that are watered by
wells or flood irrigation water.
INSPECTIONS & DEADLINES FOR APPLICANTS
The property will be inspected and a photograph taken before
the conversion/installation takes place. The applicant then has
a six-month period to complete the conversion. Upon completion,
the property will be re-inspected to ensure compliance with the
Grass-to-Xeriscape requirements. If the conversion fails
inspection, the applicant will be allowed 60 days or the
remaining six-month period, whichever is greater, to fully
comply with the program requirements.
A yearly budget of $40,000 will be distributed on a first-come,
first-served basis. Continuation of the program is subject to
the availability of funds. Program requirements are subject to
HOW TO APPLY & CONTACT INFORMATION
You can get an application in one of the following ways:
Find a copy of the
W-9 Form required to receive payment. Mail the completed W9
to the address on the rebate application, or email a scanned,
signed copy directly to
Learn more in our
Frequently Asked Questions.
Be sure to read the requirements before filling out the