In this workshop, you’ll learn how to effectively store water on your property by creating “swales,” which enhance the topography of your site to encourage controlled infiltration of rainwater. Swales keep your landscape looking lush well into the dry season and can fit into any property, no matter how large or small.
The workshop will start with a presentation on various types of rainwater harvesting methods, including on-contour infiltration basins, basin and berm systems, and rain gardens. We'll finish up by touring the new swales at the future Old Vineyard Water-Wise Demonstration Garden.
After designing your swales, the next step in creating your water-wise oasis is “sheet mulching,” which allows you to compost your lawn in place under thick layers of compost, cardboard and mulch. To learn how, check out the next workshop in this series on November 24th.
If you want to meet community members while learning how to transform your own lawn into a drought-busting oasis, these workshops are for you! We hope you'll come out and be part of this groundbreaking opportunity to create a new norm in California’s suburban neighborhoods. Let’s help our community rise above and beyond the 25% water use reduction mandate!