The City of Buellton participated in the Landscape Rebate Program as part of the County-wide Regional Water Efficiency Program. As of September 1, 2016, the City of Buellton is no longer offering rebates for replacing lawns with drought-tolerant and native landscaping. The 2-year program was a success; with 22 participants in the program completing their projects! Residents are encouraged to check out the Turf Replacement Rebate offered by the State.
To address the California Drought issues, The City of Buellton continues to stress to its community the importance of WATER CONSERVATION. While the City has good water supply, each resident can contribute to the long-term health of our watershed. There are many ways to conserve at home and most easily by adjusting landscape watering. This does not mean let your lawn and landscape die. Here’s how to keep your lawn alive during the drought:
Tip 1 – Water at night. Don’t lose your water to evaporation. Watering at night will allow the soil to absorb the water.
Tip 2 – Prevent run-off. Monitor your irrigation so that water is not wasted on sidewalks and streets. Make sure the water is directed to and contained within the landscape.
Tip 3 – Water less frequently….. but deeply enough to wet the soil to the recommended depth suitable for your lawn. And remember, deeply does not mean saturated to the point, that water is running off-site.
Tip 4 – Mow the lawn taller…2 ½ to 3” high. Taller grass blades will promote deeper roots and taller grass will shade soil, resulting in less water evaporation from the soil.
Tip 5 – If you water with a hose, ALWAYS use a nozzle with automatic shut-off!
Visit WaterWiseSB.org, the water conservation website for Santa Barbara County. Sponsored by the network of county water providers (including Buellton), this website is a wealth of information and resources regarding water conservation and programs.
For additional information visit www.WaterWiseSB.org
Fixtures & Appliances
Water-efficient products can help your wallet and the environment. Look for products bearing the “WaterSense” label; information on approved products can be found here: http://www3.epa.gov/watersense/products/index.html