Past Landscape Workshop Presentations

Drought Hacks: Tips for Converting Your Lawn to Water-Efficient Landscape (video recording)

Instructor: Frank Niccoli
Date: September 21, 2021
Description: The drought is here. Learn how you can replace your lawn with a water-efficient landscape that can thrive and remain beautiful during drought, all while lowering your water use! Rebates for lawn conversion available! 

Prepare to Irrigate Efficiently This Summer (video recording)

Instructor: Frank Niccoli
Date: May 22, 2021
Description: Spruce-up your sprinkler system! Learn tips and tricks for maintaining a working, water-efficient irrigation system this upcoming summer. A little maintenance goes a long way! This event is in coordination with the EPA WaterSense Sprinkler Spruce-Up Campaign.

Restore Our Earth, One Native Plant At A Time (video recording)

Instructor: Juanita Salisbury
Date: April 21, 2021
Description: This Earth Day, do your part to help restore our natural world, starting with your own yard! Learn about the benefits of planting California natives and how to plant and care for them so you can create your own beautiful, low water use garden. This year’s Earth Day 2021 theme is “Restore Our Earth.”

Design It Yourself Native Landscape (video recording)

Instructor: Juanita Salisbury
Date: November 04, 2020
Description: Explore an approachable way to develop designs for beautiful, productive, low water use, habitat rich, and maintainable native plant landscapes. Learn the steps and principles of creating native plant landscape design.

Rain Water Harvesting (video recording)

Instructor: Frank Niccoli
Date: September 26, 2020
Description: Learn methods for harvesting rain water for use in your garden and landscape. Discover techniques for installing rain barrels and building a rain garden. Details about ACWD's Rain Barrel Rebate Program will shared as well!

Transition to a Fall Water-Efficient Edible Garden (lecture slides) (video recording)

Instructor: Loretta O'Brien
Date: August 25, 2020
Description: Learn how to reduce water needs for fall vegetables. Learn what plants thrive under fall conditions and how to maintain your garden throughout the season with minimal watering. 

Maintaining Water-Efficient Gardens and Irrigation Leak Detection 

Instructor: Frank Niccoli
Date: May 16, 2020
Description: Learn how to keep your garden healthy throughout the seasons with proper maintenance techniques including pest and weed management, pruning, mulching, and irrigation tips.  Discover how to identify irrigation system inefficiencies and repair minor leaks.

Rainwater Harvesting (lecture slides) (video recording)

Instructor: Deva Luna
Date: October 19, 2019
Description: Learn methods for harvesting rainwater for use in your garden and landscape. Discover techniques for assembling and maintaining an inexpensive system and storing rainwater to irrigate.

"Soil, Compost, and Mulch, oh my!" (lecture slides) (video recording)

Instructor: Ron Alexander
Date: May 18, 2019
Description: Discover how to improve water efficiency in your garden by fixing the soil. Learn how amending the soil with compost and mulch can conserve water by maximizing water holding capacity.

Designing Native Gardens

Instructor: Pacita Ikonomou
Date: March 7, 2019
Description: Learn how to create a beautiful, low water and low maintenance landscape with native and other water-wise plants from around the world. Discover how and why they need less water and how to plant and care for them.

Alternatives to Lawn Workshop

Instructor: Frank Niccoli
Date: May 28th, 2016
Description: Discover the benefits of drought tolerant plants as an alternative to your lawn, and create a water-efficient, low-maintenance landscape. Explore ways to create beautiful and sustainable landscapes that conserve water, resources, and reduce you utility bill and maintenance costs.