Posted on | July 9, 2009 | No Comments
KILLING grass is relatively easy. Don’t water it. However, creating a beautiful, low-maintenance garden in its stead is the hard part. Help is at hand. From a large selection of dry gardening courses offered this summer, the theme that dominates is how to transition from lawn to a drought tolerant garden, one step at a time.
A selected listing of those courses:
July 11: “Look, Ma, no lawn!” Horticulturist, writer and broadcaster Lili Singer leads a How To class on removing lawn and replacing it with low-care native plants. Sponsored by the Theodore Payne Foundation, but held at the City Council District Office, Tujunga
July 15: Bye Bye Grass! Horticulture writer Nan Sterman leads a class on how to exterminate your lawn, including the pros and cons of chemical and non-chemical methods, and ways to physically remove grass. In part 2 on July 18, Sterman will discuss irrigation, design and soil preparation. The Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College, El Cajon
July 25: Turf Removal. Vickie Driver of Friends of the Water Conservation Garden, leads a course on evaluating soil, adjusting your irrigation system and alternative landscaping. Cuyamaca College, El Cajon
July 25: “Look, Ma, no lawn!” with Lili Singer, Theodore Payne Foundation. To be held at Headwaters Corner, Calabasas
July 31: “Look, Ma, no lawn!” with Lili Singer, Theodore Payne Foundation, Learn how to remove turf grass and what to plant in its place. To be held atHeadwaters Corner, Calabasas
August 7, 14, 21: Replacing your Lawn. Part one (8/7): Kill the grass. Part two (8/14): Creating and caring for your native garden. Part three (8/21): Introduction to top 30 native plants. Tree of Life Nursery, San Juan Capistrano
August 28: Replace Your Lawn Parts 1-3: Kill the grass, create and care for your native garden and introduction to 30 top native plants, all in one day. Tree of Life Nursery, San Juan Capistrano
For a full listing of dry gardening summer events, click here.