City Program Helps Lower-Income Homeowners Replace Thirsty Turf with Low-Water, California-Friendly Plants

Published : Monday, March 5, 2018 | 6:47 AM

Old House Pasadena Water and Power is continuing its Landscape Direct Install Program launched last year as an incentive for our low-income customers to replace turf with California-friendly plants.

Participants in the program can avail themselves of services such as removal of existing turf, installation of drip irrigation systems and drought-tolerant plants, and application of mulch.

Participating homeowners may select from a plant palette that provides a variety of low-maintenance drought tolerant plants. After installation, the participants receive a maintenance guide and staff provides a follow-up visit to monitor the health of the landscape.

The installation is performed by employees of the Housing Department’s Maintenance Assistance for HomeOwners (MASH) program, who have received hands-on training on the installation and maintenance of water-efficient landscapes.

Both MASH participants and homeowners receive multiple benefits from the successful program, which PWP has expanded to include a dedicated MASH crew to support additional installations for fiscal year 2018.

The program is one of the many available services featured in the Under One Roof program, a partnership between PWP, the City of Pasadena Housing Department, and Neighborhood Housing Services of LA County.

Under One Roof provides a variety of no-cost home improvement services to help low-income residents increase the value of their homes and become more energy and water-efficient.

To learn more about the program, visit


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