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Replace Your Lawn Workshop Series

Replace your Lawn!

Carlsbad Native Garden, Design by Dave Buchanon

Back by popular demand, we are presenting our three part workshop series about the basics of converting your ecologically taxing and expensive lawn into a beautiful, carefree, sustainable habitat.  The Replace Your Lawn workshops will run on the first three Saturdays of November.

All of these workshops are FREE of charge and each session lasts about an hour and a half, (depending on questions!).  Hopefully you will be able to attend each of the sessions at least once.  No reservations are required.

Replace Your Lawn I: Kill Your Grass! – Saturday, November 7, 10:00 AM
Step one – get rid of it!  This may be more involved than you would expect and the methods to get rid of a lawn are quite varied.  You must identify the type of turf you have, research methods for removal, and then select the method appropriate for the season, your grass type, your work schedule and your budget.  The future success of your new planting will depend on your successful removal of the existing turf.

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icon Replace Your Lawn: Kill the grass!

Encinitas GdnReplace Your Lawn II: Creating and Caring Your Native Garden
Saturday, November 14, 10:00 AM

Now that you have removed, or at least reduced the size of your lawn, it’s time to plant – right?  Not necessarily.  A thoughtful design will save you time, money, effort and maintenance dilemmas.  Come learn how to choose a theme, and plan your garden for success with sound horticultural practices.  Following a plan for your garden will help you achieve an attractive look most eficiently.

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Replace Your Lawn III: Plant Selection – Thirty Native Plants.
Saturday, Nov 21, 10:00 AM

After you have determined the look and feel you wish to achieve in your garden, the fun begins – plant selection!  We will present a group of plants we call our Thirty Plants.  These are the “must-haves” for any native California garden.  This selection of thirty plants represents a handsome mix of the most authentic native plants for Southern California gardens.  As we discuss the Thirty Plants, we will expand our knowledge of natives in general, and learn how to chose the right plants for any particular design theme.

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icon Thirty Basic California Native Plants