Your Best Lawn: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Your Best Lawn?

Your Best Lawn is a voluntary program that Coralville, Iowa City, and North Liberty offer to help residents enjoy greener lawns with fewer chemicals. We help residents find and pay for soil restoration projects on residential lawns.

Who is eligible to participate in this program? Who needs it?

Residential property owners within the political limits of Coralville, Iowa City, and North Liberty.

Who benefits from this program?

Any homeowner who wants a healthier lawn, has poor soils, and/or excessive ponding and runoff.

Why do the three cities do this?

The three cities are partnering on this program because our communities benefit from cleaner waterways and reduced flooding.

How much does it cost to do a soil restoration on my lawn?

The cost of this service can vary from property to property and company to company. Contact a contractor for a cost estimate to complete soil quality restoration on your yard.

Coralville, Iowa City, and North Liberty will each reimburse residents for 50% of the total cost, or up to $2,000, whichever is less.

Funding for this program is awarded on a first come, first served basis. Available grant funding for Coralville renews each year on July 1.

When will I receive my reimbursement?

You will receive your reimbursement after the soil restoration is complete and your contractor notifies the city that it can inspect the work. This is usually within 30 days.

How long does it take to perform the soil restoration?

In most cases, the contractor will complete their work in one day. It will take several weeks for the new grass to grow in.

When should I reserve a slot with my contractor?

Landscaping contractors perform soil restorations in the spring and fall, and the exact time depends on the weather. Contact your qualified local contractor early to reserve your spot!

What kind of maintenance is necessary after the soil restoration?

Your contractor will advise you on watering and other maintenance steps that may be necessary for your yard.

Can I do soil restorations more than once?

Yes. If you want to repeat the project in future years, you will still be eligible for the cost-share from your city.

After the soil restoration, will my yard be chemical-free?

You can expect that you will need to use fewer chemicals than before, but we can’t promise that you will be completely chemical-free.

How do I get started?

Request a free estimate from any qualified local contractor, or request a quote from all qualified local contractors.

What if I don’t see the answer to my questions here?

Still have questions? Contact City of Coralville Stormwater Coordinator Amy Foster at 319.248.1720.