Step 1. Sheet Mulch
Sheet-mulching is a simple way to convert your lawn to a low-water garden
Step 2. Choose your Plants
Several resources are available to help you choose qualifying low-water plants that thrive in Bay Area climates.
Plant Selection: Get help choosing climate-appropriate, low-water use plants. Check out this page for our plant book, garden designs and plant lists.
Plants to Avoid: List of high-water plants that will disqualify you from receiving a lawn conversion rebate.
Save Your Trees: Find out how to let the lawn go, not the trees.
Step 3: Choose Your Equipment
In-Line Drip: Drip irrigation delivers water slowly to a plants' roots, allowing the soil to absorb water rather than creating runoff onto the road or sidewalk. To receive a rebate, use qualifying in-line drip products with emitters built into the plastic tubing.
Sample Design Layouts: View ways to design a durable drip irrigation system into your landscape.
High-Efficiency Nozzles: High-efficiency rotating and precision nozzles use less water on your lawn than conventional spray nozzles and can greatly improve irrigation system pressure and coverage.
Self-Adjusting Controllers: A smart controller turns your irrigation system on and off in response to local weather data or soil data, and adjusts your irrigation system daily - even while you're on vacation.
Do your sprinklers need an upgrade? Consider converting to in-line drip irrigation — a more durable, water-efficient and low-maintenance option. Hundreds of customers are installing drip irrigation and cashing in on EBMUD rebates of up to $2,000.
Control your controller
Learn how to adjust your irrigation controller to comply with EBMUD's outdoor watering restrictions.
Mulch helps soil retain moisture, stifles weeds and beautifies your garden.