Swap your grass for a low-water garden
For the second year in a row, the City is partnering with Resource Central to offer water customers the opportunity to swap 200 sq ft of maintained grass for a low-water, pollinator-friendly ‘softscape’ garden. Through the popular Grass to Garden program, water customers can receive a free Garden In A Box, a free Rain Bird Retrofit Kit to convert spray irrigation to drip irrigation (if needed), and a library of ‘how to’ guides and resources.
This program, which is open to the Louisville water customers free of charge, aims to help people save both money and water. Spaces are limited and the early bird deadline is March 13. The program will re-open after that date if spaces are still available.
Commenting on her experience, Dr. Daniela Vergara, Louisville resident and 2019 Grass to Garden participant, said:
“My neighbor told me about the program when I mentioned how much money I was spending on my water bill over the summer months. I didn’t like the waste, environmentally or economically. I’ve only started enjoying plants and gardening in recent years, but after taking part in the Grass to Garden program last year, I’m planning to replace even more grass with low-water plants this year.”
Dr. Vergara’s Louisville garden, before and after
Cory Peterson, the City’s Water Resources Engineer, commented:
“We are excited to partner with Resource Central again to offer this great opportunity for people to reduce their water usage. Softscape gardens use up to 60% less water than traditional grass lawns and are a great option for low-use areas like sidewalk strips. We look forward to seeing this year’s finished results.”
Find out more
The Grass to Garden program is open to City of Louisville water customers with 200 sq ft of maintained grass, which regularly receives water from a sprinkler system, hose, or by hand. A sprinkler system is not a requirement for participation, but a free Rain Bird Retrofit Kit to convert spray irrigation to drip irrigation is available through the program.
The application deadline is March 13. To apply to the Grass to Garden program, visit the Resource Central’s Louisville website and watch the webinar for a detailed explanation of requirements and next steps.
If you have any questions on the Grass to Garden program, contact Resource Central by email or phone 303-999-3820 x221.
The City has also partnered with Resource Central to offer additional opportunities to save water and money:
- A discounted Garden In A Box for Louisville residents (register to receive an email when these go on sale in March) – supplies are limited
- Free Xeriscaping Seminar – April 14, Louisville Recreation & Senior Center, registration required
- Free Slow the Flow audits:
- Indoor water use inspection for your home
- Outdoor sprinkler consultations for your home (June-October) and the opportunity to receive a free Rachio Wireless Smart Sprinkler Controller and installation for outdoor sprinklers (MSRP controller and installation value: $385)
- Outdoor irrigation assessment for your HOA or commercial property (June-October)
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