Conservation Landscaping

What is Conservation Landscaping?

Conservation landscaping is a low-cost, sustainable alternative to traditional landscaping that replaces lawns, bare soil or non-native invasive plants with plants native to the Chesapeake Bay region. Native plants have deeper root systems that absorb more stormwater, reduce erosion, increase infiltration, and are more drought resistant than turf grass or ornamental species and provide beneficial habitat for pollinators like butterflies and honey bees.

Rebates for Conservation Landscaping

Rebates are available to single family residences, homeowners associations, condominium associations and other non-profits in the City of Rockville. To receive a rebate you must apply prior to installing the landscaping and retain and submit itemized receipts and/or final invoices for all project costs. Rebate amounts will not exceed documented costs. Projects must be completed within 6 months of approval. Properties are eligible to receive a lifetime total of $2,500 per property in RainScapes rebates. 

Conservation Landscaping Rebate Details
Rebate Amount$2 per sq. ft. with soil improvement
                           or
$1 per sq. ft. without soil improvement
Minimum Area250 square feet


Rain gardens may be rebated under this program. For resources on installing a rain garden, see the Montgomery County Rain Garden Project Manual.

 Still have questions? Contact: 

RainScapes Coordinator
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240-314-8877
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111 Maryland Ave.
Rockville, MD 20850
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Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Application Process

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Verify Residency

Not all Rockville addresses are qualified residents. Check to make sure you're a resident by using our address check map.

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Review Project Guidelines

Review the Conservation Landscaping Application Instructions and Design Guidelines. Projects must meet these criteria to receive a rebate. 

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Fill Out Application

Complete the online application. Have your project area photos, plant list, planting diagram, and any project approval letters ready to upload. Wait to receive email approval and a link to sign the Property Owner Agreement before beginning your project.

Please allow two weeks (14 business days) for application processing.