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You will submit your Turf SWAP application along with the paperwork listed below after your landscaping work is complete. Please read the section below to make sure you are following program guidelines and ensuring your eligibility for rebate funds. Rebates will only be rewarded for eligible work, while funds last. Checks may take 4-6 weeks.

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How do I get started?

  • Read this website carefully.
  • Contact ACEPD staff at 352-264-6800 to ask questions.
  • Work with a Florida Water Star Accredited Professional/SWAP Shop to design your new landscape.
  • Get permission from your HOA (if applicable).
  • Call 811 before digging up grass (or make sure your SWAP Shop does).
  • FWS Accredited Professional/SWAP Shop removes high volume irrigation (see below) and installs Florida Friendly Landscaping 
  • Submit completed application form, completed W9 form, and itemized invoice from your SWAP Shop to ACEPD via email: hgreer@AlachuaCounty.us,  fax: 352-264-6852 or mail:  408 W. University Ave, Suite 106, Gainesville, FL 32601.

Rebate funds may be used for:

  • Removing high volume irrigation (>0.5 gallon per minute). Microirrigation may be added to these areas.
  • Capping off high volume irrigation heads if the heads cannot be removed.
  • Reconfiguring irrigation zones so microirrigation is on a separate zone.
  • Removing turf grass (if high volume irrigation is also removed).
  • Designing, purchasing, and installing Florida Friendly Plants where high volume irrigation is removed.
  • Purchasing and spreading mulch (no Cypress mulch), soils, soil amendments, and/or weed cloth where high volume irrigation is removed.
  • ​ Irrigation retrofit projects also qualify for Turf SWAP funds: fixing leaks, capping heads on established trees and shrubs, separating turf zones from shrubs/trees/annuals, and converting shrubs/trees/annual to micro irrigation if needed. 
  • Installation or replacement of water saving devices like rainfall shutoff devices, smart controllers, and soil moisture sensors.

Rebate funds may not be used for:

  • Replacing landscaping beds or turf that does not have high volume irrigation.
  • Adding plants to existing mulched areas/beds or to areas where high volume irrigation is not removed.
  • Installing or maintaining backflow prevention.
  • Applying fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides.

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