AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin Water customers who have given up on watering their St. Augustine lawns during the drought now have options to replace them with more drought-tolerant grasses.
The city is accepting applications for the Lawn Remodel Program until Oct. 14 from homeowners whose lawns have died or who no longer wish to water them during the drought. Participants will be able to replace their lawns with a drought-tolerant turf, such as Buffalo or Bermuda grass when the drought ends.
While facing a brown lawn during what may be a prolonged drought may not appeal to some, it could be the inspiration that some homeowners need to change their landscapes entirely, according to city staff.
Austin Water will rebate $10 for every 100 square feet of thirsty turf replaced with a drought tolerant turf.
Participants must plan to replace all turf in front yards and/or backyards.
Participants cannot water their lawn areas being replaced until the drought subsides.
Participants can hand water trees and beds within the lawn areas being replaced. Yards signs announcing that you are remodeling your lawn are available.
This is a limited-time program, so interested homeowners are encouraged to apply early.
Austin Water will continue to offer the original Landscape Conversion Program that offers incentives to residents who want to re-landscape with drought-tolerant plants and permeable hardscapes.
Customers who sign up for the Lawn Remodel Program can combine turf replacement with other components of the Landscape Conversion Program to further reduce water needs.
Program details and restrictions are available at www.WaterWiseAustin.org , or 512-974-2199.
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