Lawn Be Gone program

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Get paid to transform your landscaping! Menlo Park Municipal Water customers can receive a rebate of up to $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 the  Sustainability Division 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).
*Conserve-A-Scape program currently on hold*
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 Menlo Park Municipal Water.
  • 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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