Conservation Landscaping Program

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Conservation landscaping refers to landscaping with the specific goals of reducing pollution and improving the local environment. One of the simplest ways to begin conservation landscaping is by replacing lawn turf areas with locally native trees, shrubs, and perennial plants. The roots of these larger plants are deeper than those of typical lawn grass, so they are better at holding soil and capturing rainwater.

Conservation Landscaping Rebates

The City of Gaithersburg offers rebates to eligible single-family residential property owners, homeowners associations, private education facilities, nonprofits, and multifamily dwellings who install conservation landscapes on their property. There are two rebate tracks based on property size and type. Rebates vary in amount, and project applications must be pre-approved before installation.

Rebates for Single-Family Residential and Small-lot (smaller than .5 acre) HOAs, Private Education Facilities, Nonprofits, and Multifamily Dwellings:

Program participants who follow application guidelines are eligible for a rebate of $1 per square foot of turf, impervious surface, or invasive species removed and replaced with conservation landscaping. A maximum rebate of $500 per property is available to single family homeowners and eligible properties smaller than half an acre.

A minimum of 200 contiguous square feet must be converted, and three-quarters of plants used must be native to our region. Complete eligibility requirements and design criteria are included in the rebate application.

Rebates for Large-lot (larger than .5 acre) HOAs, Private Education Facilities, Nonprofits, and Multifamily Dwellings:

Program participants who follow application guidelines are eligible for a rebate of $1 per square foot of turf, impervious surface, or invasive species removed and replaced with conservation landscaping. A maximum rebate of $1000 per property is available to eligible properties larger than half an acre.

A minimum of 500 contiguous square feet must be converted, with at least 250 contiguous square feet per plot, and three-quarters of plants used must be native to our region. Complete eligibility requirements and design criteria are included in the rebate application.

Conservation Landscaping Benefits

By utilizing conservation landscaping techniques at your home you will:

  • Improve water quality. Conservation landscaping strategies, combined with adequate mulching, may slow the flow of stormwater runoff, increase groundwater recharge, and trap nutrients or pollutants in the soil for uptake by the plants.

  • Reduce the time and expense of mowing, watering, fertilizing and treating lawn and garden areas. Conventional lawn and garden care contributes to pollution of our air and water and uses up non-renewable resources such as fuel and water. Native plants are adapted to the local climate, and require fewer artificial inputs to thrive.

  • Provide habitat for local and migratory animals. The structure, leaves, flowers, seeds, berries and other fruits of native plants provide food and shelter for a variety of birds and other native wildlife.