ENCINITAS — A free WaterSmart Landscape Makeover workshop series begins Feb. 23, hosted by the San Diego Botanic Garden, San Diego County Water Authority and MiraCosta College. Participants will learn specifics of turf removal and planting water-efficient landscaping.The classes, to be held at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, are free and are designed to teach participants the three necessary steps for turf removal and a successful landscape retrofit to more water-efficient landscaping.
Class times will be:
— Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to noon, Site analysis and turf removal
— March 2, 9 a.m. to noon, Planning, plant selection and design
— March 9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Design Coaching Session 1 (Planting Plan)
— March 23, 1 to 4 p.m., Smart irrigation system components and installation
— April 6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Design coaching session 2 (Irrigation plan)
The application can be found at sdbgarden.org/classes.htm. Submit applications to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to (760) 632-0917. Eligible parties must meet the following criteria to apply:
— Be a single-family residential homeowner (owner-occupied)
— Possess working, in-ground irrigation system with a controller (timer)
— Commit and have financial ability to make over one irrigated section of front yard turf to low-water-use plants (either Do-It-Yourself or professional)
— Commit to attend all three workshops and two coaching sessions. Must attend all sessions
Have e-mail address, Internet access, and access to a camera (digital preferred).