Lawn Be Gone program

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Get paid to transform your landscaping! The Menlo Park Municipal Water District is offering a rebate of $2 per square foot to convert your lawn into a water-efficient landscape. Be a part of an innovative trend in landscaping and garden design that replaces traditional lawns with modern, eco-friendly plants, flowers, and landscape elements. The result is an exciting and stylish landscape that saves money, is easy to maintain, and conserves water.

How to participate


Participation is easy in five simple steps!
  1. Submit a Lawn Be Gone application.
  2. Environmental Program staff will contact you to schedule a pre-conversion site inspection.
  3. When your site passes the pre-inspection, the City will issue a "Notice to Proceed" giving you 4 months to complete your conversion. Lawns that have been converted without a pre-inspection will not be eligible for a rebate.
  4. After 90 days or project completion (whichever comes first), contact Environmental Programs to schedule a post-conversion inspection. Your receipts for materials and labor will be collected after this inspection.
  5. Receive your rebate check in the mail upon project approval (please allow 6-8 weeks for processing).
*Need help designing your lawn? The City of Menlo Park is now offering Conserve-A-Scape, a landscape design assistance program!

Rebate checklist


  • Verify that your home or business is serviced by the Menlo Park Municipal Water District.
  • A minimum of 200 sq. ft. of lawn must be converted.
  • 80% of the converted area must consist of native plants, low-water using plants, or no-water using plants.
  • Applicant must receive a pre-inspection and a "Notice to Proceed" before starting any lawn conversion work (including removal).
  • Applicant must be the property owner (if the applicant is not the property owner, written permission from the property owner is required).
Please visit the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency website for more detailed information.

Helpful design resources


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