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

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NEW! CLASS OFFERINGS TO HELP SAVE WATER OUTDOORS 

IRRIGATION AND WATER EFFICIENCY

THURSDAY, July 7 at 6 pm

Join us for a Zoom Webinar hosted by Metropolitan Water District and SMWD. This class will help you to better understand your irrigation system and how to maximize efficiency outdoors. 

adjusting sprinkler controllerThis class will cover:

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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HOW TO CONVERT A STRIP OF LANDCAPE FROM SPRAY TO DRIP IRRIGATION 

MONDAY, July 18 at 5:30 pm

Join us for a hands-on workshop to learn how to convert a landscape area from spray irrigation to drip irrigation system. Instructor Glen Frohlich from Glen's Landscape and Lighting will help homeowners to understand the basics of this highly efficient watering practice and how to maximize water savings, while preserving plant health. 

This class will cover:

  1. Overview of a drip irrigation system
  2. Designing the area
  3. Methods of converting a spray irrigation system to a drip irrigation system
  4. Current Rebates & Expected Water Savings

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FREE! VIRTUAL CLASSES OFFERED BY METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT (BELOW):

Deciphering Your Irrigation Controller

Wed, June 29 at 6 pm

In this workshop you will learn how to:

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1. Understanding irrigation's role in maintaining a soil moisture balance
2. Outline the purpose and potential of weather-based controller
3. Review basic terminology and programming principles
4. Identify special functions, i.e,, cycle& soak and seasonal percentage changes

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Drip Irrigation Fundamentals

Wednesday, June 15 at 6 pm

In this workshop you will learn how to:

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1. Understanding Soil Moisture Balance
2. Key components of a properly installed drip system
3. Typical problems with drip and how to avoid them
4. Developing a successful maintenance practice

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Irrigation & Water Use Efficiency

Tuesday, June 21 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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Rainwater Harvesting

Thursday, June 23 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: 6/14, 6/28, 7/14, 7/28

*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: 6/22, 7/7, 7/20

*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: 6/16, 6/30, 7/27

*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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