San Diego – Free Learning for Water Savings

Free Miramar mulch: Oh, mulch, magical mulch. With its amazing ability to retain water and slow evaporation when you spread it around your garden, this shredded bark-like substance is a drought must-have. And if you are a resident of the city of San Diego, you are eligible for two cubic yards of free mulch (or compost) courtesy of the Miramar Greenery, located in the Miramar Landfill. One cubic yard is enough to fill six 32-gallon trash cans. You will have to load it yourself, so bring your own tools, containers and a tarp. Call ahead to make sure the mulch is available. The Greenery also sells mulch, compost and wood chips. (Miramar Landfill, 5180 Convoy St., San Diego 92111; 858-492-6100.)

Homeowner’s WaterSmart Landscape Guide: How much water-saving advice can you find on the San Diego County Water Authority’s WaterSmart website? How much time do you have? From information on rebates to the interactive (and exhaustive) “E-Guide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle,” the site is a fountain of information. And whether you are contemplating a massive yard makeover or just want to replace a few water-guzzling plants with something a lot more miserly, the WaterSmart Landscape Guide is your online path to drought-tolerant enlightenment.

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