Bay Friendly Landscaping
Free Virtual Sheet Mulching Workshop
Saturday May 30, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Ready to save water this summer with a low-water use garden? Join this online, engaging presentation on sheet mulching - a popular non-toxic method to convert your lawn into a thriving low-water use garden. Sheet mulch guru Lori Caldwell will guide attendees through the step-by-step process and provide specific tricks and tips to ensure successful results. Site preparation, required materials, and planting, irrigation, and maintenance considerations will be covered
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Meeting number (access code): 800 204 398
Meeting password: v2VhscqCU76
Plants for the Dublin Climate
Planting native plants at your house can help you save water, time, and money because they are adapted to local environmental conditions. They also provide a vital habitat for various species of wildlife such as birds and insects. Avoid planting invasive plants as they can endanger native plants and animals in the ecosystem. Check out these resources for specific information on gardening and landscaping in Dublin:
Outdoor Water Conservation Tips
- Mulch, mulch, mulch! Mulch helps to retain moisture in the soil and helps keep weeds down too. Organic mulches also improve the soil as mulch breaks down, which is an added bonus.
- Irrigation - check for leaks and overwatering every month if possible and fix them. Reset your timers at least every three months - when the weather changes, it’s time to adjust the sprinklers. Also, it’s best to water late at night, or early in the morning when it’s cool; you won’t lose any water to evaporation or wind.
- Replace that water-thirsty lawn with plants that are better suited to our Mediterranean climate. (Check with Dublin’s Water Agency, Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) for rebates before you take out the current lawn!)
- Sweep, don’t hose your patio and sidewalks.
- Check out "Ten Tips for Water-Wise Gardening" from Our Water-Our World
Less Toxic Pest Management
It is important to manage home and garden pests in a way that helps protect the environment. Common household pesticides show up in treated wastewater and in Bay Area creeks at levels that can harm sensitive aquatic life. Use these fact sheets to help you find less-toxic solutions for managing pests.