Water Saving Gardens to Update Your Yards

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Water Saving Gardens to Update Your Yards

As California continues to endure its latest drought, Inland Empire water agencies are planning 20 seminars to help residents save water by transitioning their yards to water saving garden friendly landscapes.

The seminars are scheduled between Sept. 13 and Nov. 8 in cities throughout San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Details about the seminars and plant sales are posted on WaterSavingGardenFriendly.com and iEfficient.com.

Homeowners need to change their preferences, learn about water saving garden friendly plants and end water waste. San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District has partnered with nearly 20 other agencies to educate the public about ways they improve their water conservation efforts.

“We need to be planting water saving garden friendly plants in the fall along with rock or mulch which doesn’t require water.

Agencies are focusing on outdoor water use because landscape irrigation typically accounts for close to 70 percent of residential water use in Southern California.

Water Saving Gardens to Update Your Yards

Free seminars are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

   Sept. 13, Seminar, “Cool season vegetable gardening,” Western Municipal Water District, 450 E. Alessandro Boulevard, Riverside. 11 a.m. to noon.

   Sept. 20, Seminar, “Backyard composting,” hosted by the City of Riverside and Riverside County Waste Management Department, Renck Community Center (Hunt Park), 4015 Jackson Street, Riverside. 10 a.m. (951) 486-3200.

   Sept. 20, Seminar, “The beauty of xeriscape landscaping,” East Valley Water District and Master Gardeners of San Bernardino County, 31111 Greenspot Road, Highland, 9 to 10:30 a.m. (909) 806-4287

   Sept. 20, Seminar, “Residential landscape design,” Eastern Municipal Water District, 2270 Trumble Road, Perris. 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. RSVP: (951) 928-3777, Ext. 3322.

   Oct. 3, Seminar, “California friendly landscape training,” Murrieta Public Library, 24700 Adams Avenue, Murrieta, 6 to 9 p.m. RSVP: (951) 571-7236

   Oct. 4, Seminar, “Replace your thirsty lawn with a beautiful waterwise garden,” Valley Beautiful, Ramona Bowl, 27400 Ramona Bowl Road, Hemet, 10 a.m. to noon.

   Oct. 11, Seminar, “Water conservation in your garden,” Western Muncipal Water District, 450 E. Alessandro Boulevard,Riverside, 11 a.m. to noon.

   Oct. 18, Seminar, “Backyard composting,” Riverside County Waste Management Department, 14310 Frederick Street, Moreno Valley, 10 a.m. (951) 486-3200

   Oct. 18, Seminar, “California friendly landscape training,” co-hosted by Riverside Public Utilities and Metropolitan Water District, Riverside Convention Center, 3637 5th Street, Riverside, 9 a.m. to noon, RSVP: (951) 826-2036

   Oct. 18, Seminar, “California friendly landscape training,” Eastern Municipal Water District, 2270 Trumble Road, Perris, 9 a.m to noon. RSVP: (951) 928-3777, Ext. 3322.

   Oct. 29, Seminar, “Commercial, industrial and institutional water users workshop,” Eastern Municipal Water District, 2270 Trumble Road, Perris, 9 a.m. to noon. RSVP: (951) 928-3777, Ext. 3322.

   Nov. 8, Seminar, “Gardening with native plants,”by the California Native Plant Society, Western Muncipal Water District, 450 E. Alessandro Boulevard, Riverside, 11 a.m. to noon.

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The drought certainly drives home the fact we live in a desert climate and our plants need to reflect the location.  I'm considering removing my beloved roses and replacing them with something less thirsty.

Sep 14, 2014 01:24 AM #1
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Hi Norma,

It is a hard decision as we all grew up with green lawns and flowers everywhere but it is money saving as well as water saving too. Have a great Sunday.

Sep 14, 2014 01:35 AM #2
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Good information no matter where you live and whether you are in a drought or not. Eventually your area will have a drought, so why not be water friendly?

Sep 14, 2014 06:59 AM #3
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Hi Than,

You are absolutely right and I am hearing that the drought is not just in CA. 

Sep 14, 2014 12:07 PM #4
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Krisitn, these seminars should be very helpful.  It just makes so much sense to plant only native plants in your area with the drought conditions you have had for so many years.

Sep 14, 2014 01:52 PM #5
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HI Sharon and Bruce,

Yes these seminars give homeowners a good idea how to update their landscaping. We put a lot of Mexican Beigh Pebble Rocks in our backyard so there was an inital cost but......only need water for the 4 trees so no ground covering which sucks up a lot of excess water.

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I like to see these type of seminars Kristin, time to work with nature rather than fighting it. 

Living in a desert and trying to maintain a water guzzling lawn is not only foolish but a little selfish and wasteful as well.

 

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Hi Bob,

Yes, absolutely correct and it makes me sick to see water running down the street for 30 minutes while someone waters their lawn. The picture is my neighbors as our sprinklers are underground and doesn't go into the gutter. 

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Kristin, since I work often with CA buyers, we have this talk a lot. Your list of classes is wonderful and I'm all for being creative with drought resistant plants and succulents--they are gorgeous and there is so much you can do with them for adding texture AND color! 

Those green yards are SO last year!!

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Hi Gayle,

Yes, you are right as it is a new mind-set. Plus the critters seem to like to wander amongst the cactuses and in the rocks too. I love not being tied to a yard doing work every morning before leaving.

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Kristin, what a great idea!  This is reminding me, of course, that my own garden is pitiful.  I need plants that can also thrive with neglect!

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Hi Patricia,

What I do is buy some big pots and put pretty flowers in them so if they die, I can just replace them. The sun has been brutal this summer.

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