Recently I completed a Santa Monica Water Rebate landscaping installation.
The process was very easy from applying for the rebate to the final walk through inspection at the end
Here is a list of steps to insure your landscaping installation is a success and you can be sure to attain all of the benefits from the Santa Monica Water Rebate process.
Helpful information from the site:
Step 1. Fill out the on-line application.
Step 2. Staff will verify eligibility and email a confirmation letter and Installer Guidelines.
Step 3. After eligibility approval, remove your lawn and cap/remove the sprinklers.
Step 4. Install climate-appropriate plants and mulch according to the Installer Guidelines.
Optional: Install City specified drip irrigation.
Step 5. Email staff the signed Installer Guidelines (applicant and installer must sign).
Step 6. Schedule a one-time only inspection with staff and your installer (installer must be present to turn on system and fix any issues during the inspection in order to receive rebate). If it doesn’t pass this inspection, your rebate application is denied and no rebate funding will be issued.
Step 7. After final approval your check will be issued within 4-weeks.
Here is a list of a few trees from the recommended plant list provided that I highly recommend
Acacia congnata (River Wattle)
30ft H x 30ft W, Full sun, Well draining soil
Acacia pendula (Weeping Acacia)
25ft H x 15ft W, Full sun, Well draining soil
Acacia stenophylla ( Shoestring Acacia)
30ft H x 20ft W, full sun, Well draining soil
Agonis flexuosa (Australian Willow)
30ft H x 30ft W, Full sun, Well draining soil
„After Dark? – Burgandy Willow – slightly shorter growing than parent
30ft H x 30ft W, Full sun, Well drained soil, Beautiful mahogany bark
Cercis Canadensis „Forest Pansy? (Redbud)
30ft H x 30ft W, Full sun, Well draining soil, Winter dormant, blooms best with cold winter
Bauhinia variegata (Purple Orchid Tree)
30ft H x 30ft W, Full sun, Well draining soil, briefly deciduous, prune after blooming
Shrubs and bushes that I recommend from the Santa Monica approved plant list
5ft H x 5ft W, Full sun, Well draining soil
18 inches H x 3ft W, Full sun, Well draining soil
Hebe „Patty?s Purple?
3ft H x 3ft W, Full sun to light shade, Well draining soil
Westringea fruiticosa „Wynyabbie Gem? (New Zealand Rosemary)
4ft H x 4ft W, Full sun, Well draining soil, great low growing hedge or stand alone
f. „Morning Light?
3ft H x 3ft W, Full sun, Well draining, white variegated leaf
Leucadendron „Red Gem? „ Goldstrike? 6ft H x 6ft W, Full sun, Well draining soil
Leucospermum cordifolia & „Veld Fire?
4ft H x 4ft W, Full sun, Well draining soil, flowers are highly prized
Lavandula „Goodwin Creek Gray? (Lavender)
3ft H x 3ft W, Full sun, Well draining soil, Many, many Lavenders
Buddleja davidii (Butterfly Bush)
5ft H x 5ft W, Full sun to shade, Well draining soil, All parts of plant are butterfly food
Perennials on the list that I recommend are as follows:
Anigozanthos flavidus (Kangaroo Paw)
6ft H x 3ft W and 18 inches H x 18 inches W
Full sun, Well draining soil, remove dried flower branches regularly
2ft H x 2ft W, Full shade to partial shade, will burn in full sun, Well draining soil Exquisite blue berry fruits on older plants
Phormium (New Zealand Flax)
Maori Maiden – 4ft H x 5ft W
Yellow Wave – 5ft H x 5ft W
Full sun, Well draining soil, research growth specs for proper selection
Tom Thumb – 3ft H x 3ft W
Jack Spratt – 18 inches H x 18 inches W
Full sun, Well draining soil, research growth and color for proper selection
Full sun, Well draining soil, ground cover less and 2 inches, spreads, do not overwater
Arctotis (African Daisy)
18 inches H x 18 inches W, Full sun, Well draining soil, Beautiful flower colors
Achillea „Moonshine? (Yarrow)
2ft H x 2ft W, Full sun, Well draining soil, Bedding plant
6 inches H and spreads to form mat that can be mowed or left as a meadow
Salvia superba (Sage)
2ft H x 2ft W, Full sun, Well draining soil
Sizes vary greatly with species and varieties, All are extremely fragrant
Salvia chiapensis (Chiapas Sage)
3ft H x 3ft W, Full sun, Well draining soil, Very attractive to hummingbirds
Grasses recommended by avajane.com from the Santa Monica list
Chondropetalum tectorum (Cape Rush)
5ft H x 5ft W, Full sun or full shade, Well draining soil, big plant
Helictotrichon sempervirens (Blue Oat Grass)
18 inches H x 18 inches W, Full sun, Well draining soil, do not overwater
Muhlenbergia capillaries (Pink Muhly)
2 ft H x 2ft W, Full sun, Well draining soil, prune back hard after flowers dry
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