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Asset 17SMWD Landscape Workshops


Santa Margarita Water District is proud to present hands-on workshops and classes by landscaping and design professionals.

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Irrigation & Water Use Efficiency

Thursday, January 27 at 6 pm

In this workshop you will learn how to:

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1. Overview of an Irrigation System
2. Programming a Controller
3. Why Drip over Spray
4. Easy Ways to Conserve Water

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Deciphering your Irrigation Controller

Thursday, February 10 at 5 pm

In this workshop you will learn about:

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1. Principles of irrigation
2. Weather-based controllers
3. Basic terminology and programming principles
4. Special functions and troubleshooting 

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Drip Irrigation: Maintenance & Troubleshooting

Wednesday, February 2 at 6 pm

In this workshop you will learn how to:

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1. Understand the soil moisture balance
2. Key components of a properly installed drip system
3. Typical problems and how to avoid them
4. Successful maintenance practices 

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Rainwater Harvesting

Tuesday, February 1 at 6 pm 

In this workshop you will learn how to:
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1. Select a rainwater capture method
2. Swales and Berms  
3. Cisterns
4. Rainwater storage sizing and calculations

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CA Friendly & Native Plant Landscape Training (Part 1)

Upcoming Dates: 1/25, 5/11*

*This class is offered in Mandarin

In Front Yard Landscapingthis workshop you will learn how to:
1. Look at your yard as a mini-watershed
2. Build healthy, living soil
3. Hold rainwater on your property
4. Select local native plants that minimize water use and maximize biodiversity
5. Control your irrigation to minimize water waste


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Turf: Remove, Replace or Maintain it Organically (Part 2)

Upcoming dates: 1/26*, 5/18*

*This class is offered in Mandarin

In this workshop you will learn how to:
1. Evaluate your landscape and plan your garden transformation
2. Identify the type of turf grass in your yard
3. Remove grass without chemicals
4. Build healthy, living soil
5. Implement a maintenance schedule

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MWD Garden Design Workshop (Part 3)

(Must have attended either Part 1 or Part 2 to enroll.)

Upcoming Dates: 2/3, 2/17, 5/25*

*This class is offered in Mandarin

without grassThis is a 90-minute webinar, 75 minutes of instruction and 15 minutes for questions.

In this class you will learn how to design a successful watershed wise landscape:

1. Sizing and siting the rainwater capture area
2. Developing a palette of climate-appropriate plants
3. Applying key design principles
4. Laying out a successful planting plan with hydrozones


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Workshops & Classes by Others

SAMLARC Rancho Santa Margarita Landscape and Recreation Corporation

Upcoming Workshops – View full schedule

11/7/2020 Landscape Planning Workshop   RSM Homeowners learn more about SAMLARC Design Review Guidelines and planning a new landscape project from start to finish in this live recorded virtual class. View full workshop

Tree of Life Nursery

The Tree of Life Nursery has a great series of workshops throughout the year. Without a doubt the most popular is their six-part series on how to Replace Your Lawn. View full workshop schedule.

OC Master Gardeners

The OC Master Gardeners host free workshops and interpretive native garden walks at Reata Park. View their events or call 949-809-9760.

California Botanic Garden

Located in Claremont, CA, the California Botanic Garden is devoted to California native plants, and all the wildlife and people who love them. They offer virtual classes year round. View their full class calendar.

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