Replacing pavement with turf, native plants, or native trees can help prevent stormwater runoff and pollutants from entering our streams. This water that runs off can carry pollutants such as dirt, lawn care fertilizer and chemicals, pet waste and trash into our streams.
Depending on how your yard is graded, the water flowing from these paved areas may be leaving your property and entering the stormdrain system or causing drainage concerns for a neighbor. By reducing the amount of rainwater leaving your property, you can help improve local streams by reducing stream channel erosion and water pollution.
Reducing paved surfaces also supports sustainable living, and adds attractive landscaping to the area.
Why Should I Remove Pavement from My Property?
Replacing pavement with natural vegetation offers many benefits to the community and the local environment, which include:
Pavement removal is a great way to help the environment, restore the natural water cycle, and protect your local streams and the Chesapeake Bay.
The RainScapes Rewards Rebate program offers a rebate payment for converting a minimum of 100 square feet on property used for residential purposes and a minimum of 300 square feet for a commercial, institutional, or multi-family property. Your rebate amount will be calculated per square foot of pavement converted to turf. If the pavement is replaced with native plant species, your rebate will be calculated at a higher dollar amount per square foot.
Is Removing Pavement Right for Me?
Your property may have more paved surfaces than you need or even want to maintain. Are there patios, driveways, or walkways that could be replaced by vegetation? Did a previous owner pave extra parking space that you do not use? Consider removing pavement and replacing with vegetation.
How to Assess Your Property
Follow these basic steps to assess your property for removing pavement.
Removing Your Pavement
Pavement removal is a labor-intensive job, but it can be a do-it-yourself project with the right equipment. The RainScapes Permeble Pavement Guide (below) has useful information and advice for a successful project.
Things you want to consider before you begin removing your pavement:
The RainScapes program has knowledgeable and helpful staff who can help you through the process as well as the RainScapes Rewards Rebates program with great financial incentives for removing pavement.
Maintenance After Removal
After you remove pavement from your property and replace it with native plants, the new landscaping should be maintained on a regular basis. Perform regular gardening tasks such as weeding, watering, mowing edges, mulching and pruning. The edges of two track driveways should be checked at least twice a year to ensure that your tires are not eroding the planting areas. For more maintenance suggestions, download the Pavement Removal Guide.
Rebates, Resources and Financial Incentives
Interested in removing pavement? The County offers incentives to help make the decision a little easier.
The RainScapes Rewards Rebates Program
The County offers technical and financial assistance (in the form of rebates) to encourage property owners to implement RainScapes techniques on their property, including pavement removal.
To receive a rebate for pavement removal for residential properties, you must convert a minimum of 100 square feet of pavement. To receive rebates for commercial, multi-family, and institutional properties, a minimum of 300 square feet of pavement must be converted.
To participate in the RainScapes program, your property must be located in Montgomery County, outside of the municipal limits of the City of Rockville, City of Takoma Park, or City of Gaithersburg. Projects are not eligible if they are associated with permit approval requirements for new building construction, additions, or renovations.
The program is funded each fiscal year (The FY begins July 1 and ends June 30). Annual funds for the programs are limited, so rebates will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.
The RainScapes program also provides technical assistance to help pavement removal. They have a wealth of information, expertise and want to help!