Spend less time mowing, more time enjoying.
Grass is great to play on and nice to look at, but lawns are not the best thing for the environment or your pocketbook. Mowers and fertilizer are major sources of pollution, and lawns can drink shocking quantities of water.
By reducing lawn to less than 40% of your landscape, you’ll save significant time and money on equipment, gas, fertilizer and maintenance. Replace that grass with native plants, which are adapted to the climate and maintain their appearance all summer, and your yard will look great and be a haven for butterflies, birds, and other wildlife.
Lose the lawn incentives:
- Each year, Americans spend countless hours tending to over 30 million acres of grass on their lawns.
- Millions of pounds of pesticides and millions of tons of fertilizer are applied annually.
- Lawn mowers use a quart of gasoline each hour and emit as much as 10 times the amount of hydrocarbons as a typical car.
- Thousands of gallons of water are used to water a single yard during one summer.
- On the East Coast, an estimated 30 percent of residents’ total water use is for lawn irrigation. Traditional lawn and garden care takes time and uses non-renewable resources.
What if there was a way to reduce these practices while maintaining a healthy, aesthetically pleasing landscape?
The Montgomery County RainScapes program offers rebates up to $2,500 for residential property owners and $10,000 for businesses, multi-family properties, HOAs and non-profit organizations. Converting grass to conservation landscaping is a common RainScapes project.
Montgomery County “Leaves for Neighborhoods” $25 coupon towards the purchase of a tree costing $75 or more.
If you live in Rockville, get $1 for every square foot of conservation landscaping installed up to $1,200 through the RainScapes Rewards program.
If you live in Rockville, you may be eligible for a $150 rebate per tree through the RainScapes Tree Canopy Rebate Program. Maximum reward is $600.