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    Beyond core requirements, eligible entities who replace turf with low-water vegetation (e.g. xeriscape, native plants), consider irrigation efficiency (e.g. drip irrigation), provide other community benefits (e.g. support tree health; create defensible space), and consider other support tools for long-term success (e.g. landscape ordinances; maintenance; rates) will be more competitive if demand is high.

    In general, applications will be viewed more favorably that prioritize:

    • Improving soil
    • Applying efficient irrigation
    • Limiting turf to high traffic, essential areas
    • Selecting plants that have low water demand
    • Applying mulch
    • Long-term maintenance plans
    • Educational benefit