Ready to Say Goodbye to Your Lawn? Everything You Need to Know About Turf Removal in California.

  • Is It Time to Let Go of Grass?
  • What is xeriscape gardening?
  • Consequences of not removing your turf…
  • How much does it cost to re-design my yard to a drought-tolerant one?
  • How much can I save with the California Turf Removal Rebate program?
  • But the grass is so green and vibrant! Will a new xeriscape yard look dry and bland?
  • How long would it take to transform my yard?
  • How Do I Get Started?
  • Not All Landscaping Services Are Created Equal
  • Hiring A Landscape Designer (Plus 2 Questions To Ask)

Is It Time to Let Go of Grass?

The short answer is YES! Now that California has experienced one of the worst droughts in its history, homeowners are more motivated than ever to remove their grass and replace it. However, many first-time buyers can’t help but ask themselves, Is turf removal difficult? How much does it cost? What do I need to get started? If you have any of these questions or if you’re interested in learning more about removing your turf, don’t worry, KB5 Design Studio and Turf Removal LA have you covered!

There’s no denying that water conservation is a huge issue across California. With drought conditions worsening and water restrictions becoming more and more stringent, many Californians are wondering if turf removal—or replacing grass with less thirsty landscaping—is an option for them. It certainly is!

As awareness of California’s drought crisis grows, homeowners are increasingly taking a hard look at their water usage and looking for ways to cut back on wasteful habits. Many find that installing xeriscape gardens (California-friendly landscapes) can be an excellent way to both save water and improve the aesthetic appeal of their yards.

Xeriscape gardens offer new opportunities for low-water plantings, such as succulents or cacti. However to really make an impact, turf removal is the best solution, getting rid of existing lawns and installing drought-tolerant ground cover instead.

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What is xeriscape gardening?

Xeriscape is a type of landscaping that uses low-water native plants and vegetation. While traditionally used to describe an entire landscaping approach, xeriscape is also often used as a verb or even a noun—to xeriscape means to create xeriscape gardens. It’s the latest trend in drought-conscious landscaping, which embraces the idea of preserving water by focusing on indigenous plants that are adapted to specific environments.

Consequences of not removing your turf…

Extreme Drought Conditions

In places like Southern California, water is one of our most precious resources. That means not removing your turf can lead to fines and restrictions. Additionally, you’ll be stuck with a lawn that isn’t safe for pets or children. Depending on your region, grasses like Bermuda and St. Augustine can be highly flammable when dried out—especially during fire season. If you want to ensure your family and pets are as safe as possible from wildfires, turf removal is essential.

How much does it cost for turf removal and to re-design my yard to a drought-tolerant one?

The cost of turf removal depends on a variety of factors, such as how much work is involved, how big your yard is and whether or not you want to leave a lawn. On average, however, you can expect to pay between $2 and $5 per square foot for turf removal. However, if you leave your soil intact and switch to a drought-tolerant yard design like xeriscaping (which does not require watering), then it will only cost about $1 per square foot. With the California Turf Removal Rebate program, homeowners are finding it easier and more affordable to transition.

How much can I save with the California Turf Removal Rebate program?

The program has been helping homeowners save money and resources since 2005. The most recent iteration, the California Turf Removal Rebate program offers rebates of up to $3 per square foot on turf removal and maintenance items such as landscaping, pruning trees and bushes, and lawn aeration. Depending on the region you live in and the quantity of turf removed from your property, you can save anywhere from $15 – $1,000 (or more) during each application period.

But the grass is so green and vibrant! Will a new xeriscape yard look dry and bland?

Not at all! There is a huge variety of colorful, beautiful, low-water plants that can be designed into your yard. They will give you the richly diverse and vibrant garden you are looking for while saving water and helping the environment. One such plant is Agave attenuata, also known as Blue Agave or Yucca agave which grows on the hot and dry slopes of the southern U.S., Mexico, and Central America; it thrives on neglect with little care or water needed to thrive!

How long would it take to transform my yard?

The amount of time it takes to remove your lawn will depend on a number of factors, including: -How big is your yard? -How much soil and sod you’ll need to move. -The size of your crew. For small yards (1,000 square feet or less), removing a lawn can take two to four hours; for large ones (4,000 square feet or more), several days or weeks.

How Do I Get Started?

Do some research! You are already off to a great start with this article. Next step is finding out if your area offers a rebate and for how much. KB5 Design Studio/ Turf Removal LA are rebate specialists and can help you measure your land and apply to receive the max rebate.

Not All Landscaping Services Are Created Equal

KB5 Design Studio is a full-service landscape service that will tackle your lawn and turf removal projects with expert attention. And although we’re based in California, our clients come from all over because they know they can trust us to complete their projects correctly, on time, and within budget. Whether you’re moving into a new home or replacing an old lawn with something more sustainable, our team will handle every aspect of your turf removal job—including obtaining a turf removal rebate from your local water district.

Hiring A Landscape Designer (Plus 2 Questions To Ask)

When it comes to hiring a landscape designer, here are 2 questions you should ask: 1) Are you familiar with xeriscape design principles? 2) Do you have experience installing turf removal systems (or other permeable paving)? If so, you’ll be happy to know that turf removal isn’t as complex as it sounds! Our team will help you navigate project requirements and ensure your home has a beautiful landscape design that fits your budget.

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