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San Marcos seeking input on drought tolerant landscapes

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos is ripping out water-thirsty turf along two long stretches of medians in Santa Fe Hills, and is asking the community’s input on the design for the new drought tolerant landscape.

City officials announced in 2016 it would remove the turf from the medians on Borden and Las Posas roads, the two main streets in the Santa Fe Hills neighborhoods.

It is one of several actions the city has taken to reduce water use by replacing traditional landscapes with native grasses, succulents and other plants that don’t need as much water. The City Council unanimously approved a plan to remove the grass around the Civic Center and replace it with mow-free grass surrounded by an oval-shaped border of octopus agave, yellow blanket flowers and blue chalk sticks.

Crews will begin work on that project in November.

The city’s Public Works Department will host a workshop at 6 p.m. Monday and is inviting the community to view and provide feedback on the landscape concept plan, which will turn the parkways and medians into drought-tolerant landscapes.

The meeting will be held at the Paloma Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room at 660 Camino Magnifico. For more information, contact the Public Works Department at (760) 752-7550.