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Seminar teaches water-wise landscaping

ENCINITAS — As part of its continued efforts to promote outdoor water-use efficiency, Olivenhain Municipal Water District — in partnership with San Dieguito Water District, San Diego County Water Authority, and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California — is hosting a free workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 5 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive.This three-hour workshop will offer ways for residents to save money on their water bills while maintaining a healthy landscape. It introduces a holistic approach to landscape design and maintenance that emphasizes water use efficiency.

Participants will learn to think about landscapes from the soil up. In addition, they will learn how to design landscapes that are sustainable in San Diego’s climate. Topics to be covered include how to make the best use of the region’s limited rainfall, irrigate efficiently and choose the best plants for each yard. Instructors will also discuss composting, worm castings, rain harvesting, mulching, soil health, yards as wildlife habitats, water pressure’s effects on irrigation, and tips and incentives to reduce outdoor water use.

For more information on OMWD’s WaterSmart workshops and events, visit or call (760) 632-4641.