Design Requirements

Before you complete the application for this program you must read and understand these Design Requirements as well as the Terms and Conditions and the Process Guidelines.

If your application for the Lawn-to-Garden (L2G) Incentive program has been approved, the next steps in the process are for you to complete the on-line landscape class and submit to LBWD, within 45 calendar days of LBWD having approved your application, the design of your proposed new landscape. The design MUST include the six (6) items discussed on the following page.

Remember: You have NOT yet been approved for funding. You cannot be approved until LBWD approves the design of your new landscape. So IF you begin work on your new landscape before the design is approved and the pre-inspection is complete, you do so prior to a commitment from LBWD to provide an incentive.  Killing or removing the grass or beginning garden construction before construction approval is given by LBWD will disqualify you from the program.

The design you submit to us is the design that must be installed. LBWD will not be required to make the L2G payment if the installed landscape is not the same as the approved design. Read carefully the Terms and Conditions for more information.

A professionally-drawn design is NOT required: A simple, hand-drawn design is fine, using circles to show where bushes will go, etc. LBWD assumes most of the designs submitted to us will be simple pencil drawings done by your typical homeowner. The drawing must show enough detail to illustrate the overall project design.  All designs must also include the name and location of each plant that will be used in the project.

When thinking about the design of your new landscape, don’t forget to take advantage of all the landscape resources we have developed for your benefit and use. This website was designed to make each step as easy as possible for you. Also check out our Helpful Tips.

If, after reading these requirements, you have any questions about what’s required here please contact us at lawntogarden@lbwater.org, or call us at 562-570-2312.

The Irrigation System

Although you are not required to show the irrigation system in your drawing, the irrigation system, if there is one, MUST be water-efficient. Examples of water-efficient irrigation systems include

  • Drip irrigation;
  • Bubblers for shrubs and trees;
  • Rotating sprinklers rated at emitting less than one gallon of water per minute.
  • Pressure regulators, allowing no more pressure than recommended by the manufacturer of the drip system (usually about 10 to 15 psi) or the rotating sprinklers (usually about 35 psi).
  • Separate valves for each part of the landscape (known as ‘hydrozones’) that needs a different watering schedule.

Inefficient irrigation systems include traditional fan-spray type sprinklers. LBWD may verify the efficiency of the irrigation system during its final inspection, prior to its payment of the Lawn-to-Garden incentive.

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