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Austin Water Utility Wants Home Owners To Let St. Augustine Grass Die - Install Bermuda or Buffalo Grass

The Austin Water Utility is asking for home owners with St. Augustine grass to let their yards die and replace it with an option that takes less watering, like Bermuda or Buffalo Grass, especially in times of droughts. Austin Water has a plan in place that will pay home owners $10 for every 100 sqft of yard. 

austin water utility st augustine grassI chuckled for a couple of reasons when I saw that number.  The first being, it's ten bucks...  Do you know how much it costs to put down a new yard? Anywhere from $60 to $75 for each 100 sqft, depending on whether you choose Bermuda or Buffalo and then the cost to tear out the dead yard.

Another reason I chuckled is because these people with lush, green, St. Augustine yards right now know what their water bills are, and if they didn't want their water bills to be so high, they would have already let their yard die.  But also, if they're willing to spend that much on a lush, green yard, how does $10 entice them to switch?

Instead of chuckling, other people are upset with this. They don't feel people should be compensated for "common sense".  Some people feel St. Augustine was not the right thing to use in Central Texas and common sense already told them they shouldn't use it, especially when they see their water bills going up and up, even with the current watering restrictions throughout the area.

What do you think? Should people be paid to make changes, or should they just be told to make changes?  Should curtain things not be "allowed", and besides an HOA making a rule on it, how do you make a city-wide rule banning a certain grass?

I wonder how many people accept this $10 for each 100 sqft. Looking at my yard (I have Bermuda, by the way), I have about 500 sqft of yard just in the front. Is $50 enticing? I guess it's like getting a coupon for about 13% off...

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Comment balloon 3 commentsDonna Harris • September 24 2011 09:26AM


I think it is a odd request to PAY people Donna to change their grass type. I really don't think as you surmised people will go all to the trouble of collecting on this incentive. If we have heavy rains again this will be a moot point anyway. The weather has its cycles.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 9 years ago

I cannot believe it for real. It is not easy to keep the yard green...

I don't know, it seems sad to me ...

Posted by Valeria Mola, 305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent (SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach) almost 9 years ago

Never heard of being paid to change out ones grass. I agree with Gary. Weather cycles change and eventually there will not be a restriction on water. besides is one grass more fireproof than another?

BTW Congratulations on hitting the millionaire status!!

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) almost 9 years ago