September 30, 2013
With the dog days of summer behind us, and winter out on the horizon, autumn’s the perfect time to install a new artificial lawn or replace existing sod turf with synthetic grass like NewGrassTM.
If you’re a homeowner, you’ll have the project finished and be enjoying a lush, green, natural-feeling lawn before the first snow falls — and you’ll continue to enjoy right through winter.
If you’re a landscaper or you install sod lawns, you can mitigate the traditional pre-winter business slump by offering your customers the option of a quality artificial grass.
Even if you don’t live in a cold climate, or if you don’t install sod grass in an area that suffers wintry weather, autumn’s still a great time to consider the benefits of synthetic lawn. Many parts of the country, for example, continue to offer rebates year-round for homeowners who replace turf grass with synthetic lawn. Several California water districts, including Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, still have rebates available.
But don’t delay until spring to take advantage of these programs (or, if you’re an installer, to use them as a promotional tool). Many water districts that offer rebates year-round offer them on a first come, first served basis. If you wait, you’ll not only be wasting water in the meantime, your water district’s use up its budget for the rebates before you apply.
The SoCal Water$mart program for 2013-14 — which includes Los Angeles — started July 1, and it’s necessary to apply for your rebate before you start your installation, if you want the rebate approved. The application requirement makes it even more important to consider starting your project now.
Below are the water districts that participate in the SoCal Water$mart program and authorize rebates to homeowners who replace turf grass with synthetic lawn. If your water district’s not on this list — no matter where you live in the United States — contact you water district about rebates they might offer.
Calleguas Municipal Water District / Oak Park Water Service
Rebate: 50 cents per square foot of turf grass removed
Maximum rebate amount: $1,000 per residence
Central Basin Municipal Water District
Rebate: 30 cents per square foot of turf grass removed
Maximum rebate amount: $600 per residence.
City of Fullerton
Rebate: 30 cents per square foot of turf grass removed
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Rebate amount: $2 per square foot of turf grass removed
Maximum rebate: $4,000 per residence
Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District/Golden State Water Company
(Arcadia, El Monte, Irwindale, Monrovia, Monterey Park (small portion), Rosemead, San Gabriel, and Temple City)
Rebate: $1 per square foot of turf grass removed
Maximum rebate: $2,000 per residence
Visit the SoCal Waster$mart Turf Removal Program FAQs page to learn more.
August 14, 2013
The recession might be behind us, but budget cutbacks, revenue reductions, limited resources, and belt-tightening are still around — especially for non-profit organizations and public entities, including schools, city departments and government agencies. In the non-profit and public world, purchasing choices continue to be as strained as ever.
It’s the same story whether you’re a non-profit daycare center seeking to replace a hard-dirt play area with a safer artificial grass, like NewGrass®, or a homeowners association desiring to beautify hard-to-maintain medians with synthetic lawn, or a city that wants to make sure its kids have pleasing grassy areas year-round, regardless of weather or climate.
Purchasing cooperatives can help. They offer benefits that may be more valuable now than ever.
An example is National Purchasing Partners (NPP). NPP is a group-purchasing organization (GPO) whose members — all of which are public agencies or non-profits —leverage purchases of goods and services at their best pricing, terms and conditions. NPP negotiates with vendors on behalf of all of its members, getting pricing that is often lower than any single member would be able to obtain individually.
NPP offers its members these negotiated prices and assures. NPP also ensures the vendors and pricing meet the legal requirements for competitive bidding when they purchase through NPP, saving bidding organizations time and money in the RFP process.
NewGrass® is proud to be one of those vendors. We’ve had a contract with NPP for nearly two years, and we are still the only synthetic lawn company operating with the organization.
“NewGrass is a recognized leader in the supplying artificial turf to non-profit organizations and public agencies, and we’ve had nothing but a great relationship further that position through our contract with NPP,” said Gregory Goehner, president of NewGrass.
NewGrass was thoroughly reviewed by NPP to ensure it meets the organization’s mission to provide members the highest quality products and most cost-effective price agreements in each of the product categories it offer.
NewGrass has a demonstrated history of applications for schoolyards and public areas. It is in fact the artificial grass of choice for people and businesses that are concerned about water conservation and protecting the environment as well as having more green grass to enjoy year-round.
“As a vendor with NPP, NewGrass can help municipalities, school districts and other public agencies improve their environments, and reduce the amount of water, pesticides and herbicides they use on landscaping, even as the economy continues to be tough,” Goehner said.
Contact NewGrass today to learn more about NPP and NewGrass pricing for NPP members. To become an NPP member, contact NPP at 800.810.3909 or email the organization CustomerService@myNPP.com.