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Grass to Desert Landscape Program Details


Grass to Desert Landscape — Completed Project Checklist

Program information

  • $1 per square foot rebate (Cathedral City Residents may also be eligible for Cathedral City WaterSmart Landscapes Grants
  • Artificial turf can be counted as "plant cover" (you may use the rebate toward a 1:1 replacement of artificial turf for grass)
  • Single-family homes - if there is a fence, hedge or wall of any type/height between the street and your project, it is ineligible. Back yards are not eligible
  • Large-scale projects will be evaluated based on eligibility requirements and project merits
  • Turf must be in place to receive DWA approval - this means no retroactive turf removal projects will be approved.
  • Applicants must provide a before and after photo for conversions
  • Rebates are considered taxable income by the IRS

 Beware of plant theft - we have had several reports of stolen succulents!


Single-family homes will be processed first come, first served. Large-scale projects will be evaluated based on eligibility requirements and project merits.

If you intend to apply, it is important that you review the following documents. 

Large-scale projects (any HOA, business or public project, regardless of square footage) 

Single-family home projects (no back yards or areas behind fence/wall/hedge/gate)


  pdf Brochure

  pdf Spanish brochure  (folleto en español)

  pdf Terms, conditions and eligibility

  pdf Eligible fixed-head bubblers

  pdf Photo guide

  pdf Map guide (large-scale projects only)

  pdf Measurement/square footage guide

  pdf Blank W-9

  pdf Blank W-9 equivalent for foreign residents

Workshops & Additional Information

We held a workshop in March 2019 for customers interested in the program. To view the presentation, click below. Please note some of the information may change throughout the course of the year. Contact our office at 760-323-4971 if you have any questions.

pdf Rebate workshop

pdf Landscapers that attended our workshop 

pdf Mature Plant List

Plant Library

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Finished with your project?

If you are finished with your project, please click here to fill out the 'Project Complete' checklist.  You will also need to submit your receipts and a completed W-9 form before we can issue your check.