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WaterSmart Classes

WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Program

Using water efficiently is a way of life and an important responsibility that comes along with the benefits of living in a beautiful Mediterranean climate like the one we enjoy in San Diego County.

The WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Program is a free educational program designed to give you the skills and knowledge to turn your water-thirsty lawn into a beautiful and sustainable landscape that saves water and will thrive in our region.

Choose from our three-hour workshops, videos on demand and the new Designer At Your Door program.


Three-Hour Landscape Workshops

These FREE, three-hour online and in-person workshops will give you the skills and knowledge to create a yard that loves San Diego as much as you do! Each workshop, taught by a local landscape design professional, focuses on specific landscape topics with a “do-it-yourself” approach including landscape design and maintenance, soil identification and health, turf types and removal tips, plant selection, rainwater catchment, irrigation retrofits and project installation.

These workshops are funded in part by the County of San Diego Watershed Protection Program. If you live in unincorporated San Diego County, you may be eligible for additional incentives through the Waterscape Rebate Program.

Workshop Descriptions

Plan Ahead

Plan Ahead: Understanding Soil and Site Assessments

This workshop will introduce you to the steps needed to turn water-thirsty turf into a beautiful and sustainable landscape that is. Our landscape expert will show you the steps required to rethink, redesign and renovate your landscape with a focus on site assessments, base sheet development and understanding the important role of healthy soil in a successful landscape.


Design: Shape Your Space

Ensuring your new landscape is well-integrated into your personal lifestyle is the goal of this session. Our landscape expert will show you how to plan for the functionality of your new space and provide tips to achieve a design style that fits your personal style.


Plants: Inspiring Choices for Our Region

This session illustrates how a low-water-use landscape can be an upgrade, not a compromise. Our landscape expert will teach you about plants and why some are more water efficient than others. You’ll be introduced to attractive, WaterSmart plant palettes and learn how to research and choose plants that fit your design theme.

Water & Irrigation

Water & Irrigation: Utilizing A Precious Resource

This session will give you strategies to use our limited water sources wisely, including integrating stormwater capture elements into your landscape and conserving water through simple irrigation system retrofits. Our landscape expert’s goal is to help you create a sustainable landscape that loves San Diego as much you.

Installation & Maintenance

Installation & Maintenance: Protecting Your Investment

After planning your new garden space, it’s time to learn how to protect your investment. Our landscape expert will give you strategies for success when removing your turf, installing your new landscape and maintaining it. You’ll learn how to minimize your water use and maximize your enjoyment of an outdoor space that suits your lifestyle.

Design Program

Designer At Your Door

To qualify for the Designer At Your Door program, you must take at least 5 three-hour workshops and be a homeowner in our service area. Click here to learn more.


Landscape Makeover Videos

This series of 20 videos provides a step-by-step guide through the process of creating beautiful, water-efficient landscapes. These entertaining and informative videos cover numerous topics, from measuring your project area and understanding soil to picking the right plants for the right place.

Episode List

Episode 1: WaterSmart San Diego County

Episode 2: WaterSmart Series Overview

Episode 3: Identify Your WaterSmart Target

Episode 4: Create A Plot Plan

Episode 5: Get To Know Your Soil

Episode 6: Build Healthy Soil

Episode 7: Put Your Soil To Work

Episode 8: Rediscover Your Yard

Episode 9: Pick Your Plants

Episode 10: Share Your Space

Episode 11: Design For Curb Appeal

Episode 12: Create A Garden To Live In

Episode 13: Draw Your Garden Design

Episode 14: Irrigate Like A Pro

Episode 15: Toss Your Turf

Episode 16: Install Your WaterSmart Garden

Episode 17: Care For Your WaterSmart Landscape

Episode 18: First Flush of Rainwater

Episode 19: Catch The Rain

Episode 20: Store The Rain