Austin Water cutting checks for drought-friendly lawns

Mark Simmons, a Research Scientist with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, has created the ultimate Texas lawn (Kate Weidaw, KXAN)
Mark Simmons, a Research Scientist with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, has created the ultimate Texas lawn (Kate Weidaw, KXAN)

As the calendar ticks toward summer, Austin Water is launching a program that could save you nearly $200 on your water bill during the hottest months of the year.

The NOAA seasonal outlook is once again pointing to a hotter-than-normal summer in Texas.

The rebate program from Austin Water dishes out checks to homeowners who take steps to keep more water in their yard – and therefore end up using less.

Rebates Available:

  • Compost: 1.5 cubic yards or 40 cubic feet — rebate $30
  • Mulch: 3 cubic yards or 80 cubic feet — rebate $40
  • Core aeration service for entire front and/or back lawn area (equipment rental is acceptable) — rebate $50
  • Maximize your rebate by doing all three — $180 ($60 bonus)

“When the soil is compacted, the water just runs away,” John Dromgoole of The Natural Gardener said. “It doesn’t soak into the ground. So when you aerate it first and then you add some compost to it, the compost makes its way down into the soil.”

If you’d like to participate, here’s how:

  • When you buy your materials or services, make sure you keep all the receipts
  • Complete the work in your yard – applying compost, mulch and/or aerating your lawn
  • When the work is complete, take photos
  • Fill out the application and e-mail, mail or fax it (along with receipts/photos) to Austin Water

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