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Lawn Busters


Saving Water - One Lawn at a Time.

Lawn Busters is here for people who otherwise couldn't afford to bust their lawn. Qualified homeowners receive subsidized services on a donation basis, including a landscape plan, materials, and labor for a water-wise turf conversion. See if you qualify below.

Learn how to bust your own lawn by volunteering with our team and watching our tutorial videos on the Our City Forest YouTube channel

Business, church, school or other non-residential organization? We can help you, too! - click on the button below.

 Non-residential applicants

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Lawn Busters


Saving Water - One Lawn at a Time.

Lawn Busters is here for people who otherwise couldn't afford to bust their lawn. Qualified homeowners receive subsidized services on a donation basis, including a landscape plan, materials, and labor for a water-wise turf conversion. See if you qualify below.

Learn how to bust your own lawn by volunteering with our team and watching our tutorial videos on the Our City Forest YouTube channel

Business, church, school or other non-residential organization? We can help you, too! - click on the button below.

 Non-residential applicants

LAWN BUSTERS Program

 

Our City Forest has joined hands with the Santa Clara Valley Water District to help Santa Clara County property owners convert their LAWNS into DROUGHT-TOLERANT LANDSCAPES. Our Lawn Busters program provides on-site assessments and planning, planting and irrigation installation, and quality assurance follow-up.

We serve both residential and non-residential properties. If you are a business, school, church, community center or other non-residential property owner, please go to the bottom of this page to see if you qualify. Residents please see below to find out if you qualify.

 

 
 

To qualify, eligible applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Is a Santa Clara County homeowner with an existing turf lawn that is at least 500 contiguous square feet*

AND is either

  • low-income**, OR
  • a US Veteran, OR
  • a person with a disabilityOR
  • a senior citizen (60+)

*Due to the drought, it's okay if you have stopped watering, as long as the turf is still present. This area cannot include part of the yard that is not grass (ie. shrubs, other ground cover, etc.)

**Please refer to the chart below to see if you meet the low-income eligibility.

To apply, fill out the interest form by clicking on the button.

As we are booked for the remainder of our current planting season, we will be contacting new applicants starting again in September to verify eligibility and schedule site visits.

 

Email lawnbusters@ourcityforest.org for more information.

Thank you to our partners:

 
 
 

Special thanks to Zanker Recycled Landscaping for providing discounted compost and mulch, and to Ramos Furniture for the abundant in-kind donation of cardboard!

 

Lawn Busters Resources

After your application is accepted, we will provide you with a watering guide and plant fact sheets, like the ones below.

 

See what your options are here.

Learn about the benefits of sheet mulching and our lawn busting process with this infographic.


Learn how to convert your own lawn into a drought-tolerant dreamscape

 

Our expert lawn busters have put together 9 instructional videos for you to learn our lawn conversion process.

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BUST YOUR LAWN - $AVE WATER

Don't qualify for our LawnBusters program? It's okay, you might qualify for one of our future Fee For Service (FFS) projects. If you'd like to help households in need, this may be the choice for you. These FFS projects are intended for higher earning families to supplement costs for lower-income participants. Note: we have a limited capacity for these projects.

Fill out the interest form below and our LawnBusters team will get back to you soon with more details. 


Whether you're motivated by the REBATE PROGRAM, or you're simply a GOOD STEWARD of our earth, there are many resources available to start your lawn conversion today. Here are a few:

GET THE GOODS.

Our COMMUNITY NURSERY is fully stocked with hundreds of rebate-friendly, native and drought-tolerant  plant, grass, shrub and tree species. Visit during open hours. We'll point you in the right direction.

REBATE SPECIES.

Be sure to use these approved plants when applying for the Lawn Conversion Rebate. Most are available at our nursery.

ASK A PRO.

These Landscape Professionals are already familiar with the ins and outs of the Rebate Lawn Conversion Program. 

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For Non-Residential Property Owners


Are you a business, church, school or other non-residential property owner in Santa Clara County? Let us help you convert your large lawn areas into drought-tolerant dreamscapes. Help us turn San Jose area into a San Joasis.

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For Non-Residential Property Owners


Are you a business, church, school or other non-residential property owner in Santa Clara County? Let us help you convert your large lawn areas into drought-tolerant dreamscapes. Help us turn San Jose area into a San Joasis.

 

To qualify as a Client, eligible applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Is a Santa Clara County non-residential property owner with an existing turf lawn that is at least 5,000 square feet,
  • and is located in a Disadvantaged Community Tract*

*Disadvantaged Community Tracts are less than 60-80% of the State's median household income. Our goal is to provide our lawn conversion services in these low-income areas. See map below and click through to see if your property is in the light or dark blue shaded areas.

DAC tracts are based off of 2009-13 US Census. Learn more at: gis.water.ca.gov/app/dacs/

If you believe your school, church, business, community center, etc., meets the requirements, please fill out the interest form below and our Lawn Busters team will get back to you as soon as possible.