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FREE Water Efficient Landscaping Classes – Learn How to Create/Maintain a Water Wise Landscape for Your Home

The City of Redwood City and the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) are presenting a series of FREE Water Efficient Landscape Classes for the community. There are over 20 classes offered throughout the peninsula, south bay, and east bay, with two of them in Redwood City. Attend one, attend all, or any number you’d like!

These classes offer interesting and useful classroom lectures and/or hands-on workshops across a wide range of water efficient landscaping practices for your yard, including sustainable landscaping, use of California native and drought tolerant plants, creating healthy soil, understanding water conservation, alternatives to lawn, habitat gardening, edible landscaping, parent/child gardening workshop, water efficient irrigation practices, and hardscape design.

The two Redwood City workshops are:

• “Hardscape Design” – Saturday, September 17th, 2011, 9 am to noon. Participants will learn about permeable surfaces and their water conserving benefits. This hands-on workshop will teach how to design and install pathways and patios using decomposed granite, gravel, flagstone and pavers. Instruction provided by Lyngso Garden Materials. Location: Lyngso Garden Materials, 19 Seaport Boulevard.

• “Graywater for Landscape Irrigation” – Saturday, October 22, 9 am to noon. Graywater is water from the shower, clothes washer and bathroom sink that is re-used for landscape irrigation. Participants will find out how graywater systems might work for their households. Instruction provided by Deva Luna. Location: Redwood City Public Works Services, 1400 Broadway

Registration is required – call (650) 349-3000 or email landscape@bawsca.org. For more information about water conservation in Redwood City, visit www.redwoodcity.org/conservation.

There are lots of other great water efficient landscape workshops and classes scheduled through October – the complete schedule and much more information on water wise gardening for your home is online at http://tinyurl.com/bawsca.

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