Award-Winning WaterSmart Landscaping Class Series Set to Begin

January 27, 2016

The San Diego County Water Authority and member agencies will hold a series of free classes starting in February that…

The San Diego County Water Authority and member agencies will hold a series of free classes starting in February that teach homeowners steps to designing and implementing successful WaterSmart landscape makeovers.

These free hands-on WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series classes are led by local landscaping professionals and are designed to help homeowners convert high-water-use turf areas to beautiful WaterSmart landscapes. Attendees will learn about soil, project planning and design, turf removal, plant selection, irrigation, efficiency and rainwater harvesting. The comprehensive and award-winning series includes four classes held every two weeks and concludes with homeowners working with experts to create personalized landscape makeover plans. Preregistration and a commitment to attend all four classes in the series is required. The first class in the next four-part series is Feb. 17 in Clairemont.

“Knowing how to combine WaterSmart plants with efficient irrigation systems is critical for designing attractive landscapes that use significantly less water,” said Mark Weston, chair of the Water Authority’s Board of Directors. “Whether drought conditions continue or not, we all can install water-wise landscapes to stretch our water resources.”

Participants from the 16 makeover series held between April 2014 and June 2015 reported on average replacing more than 1,000 square feet of turf and achieving landscape water savings of 58 percent.

For details about landscape classes and other water conservation resources, go to Though spots remain for the upcoming WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series, space is limited, and advance registration is required.

  • The San Diego County Water Authority sustains a $268 billion regional economy and the quality of life for 3.3 million residents through a multi-decade water supply diversification plan, major infrastructure investments and forward-thinking policies that promote fiscal and environmental responsibility. A public agency created in 1944, the Water Authority delivers wholesale water supplies to 23 retail water providers, including cities, special districts and a military base.

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