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FREE – San Diego’s Master Gardeners help home owners make their yards Earth Friendly

The Earth-Friendly Gardens program is designed to help San Diego County residents evaluate management choices when caring for outdoor spaces.

The program is built around eight simple principles: select appropriate plants, nurture the soil, manage pests responsibly, protect wildlife, grow food, conserve water, protect air quality and reduce waste. To certify your garden as Earth-Friendly, you need to check off a minimum number of items for each of the eight principles. To learn more, visit the UC Master Gardeners website at http://www.mastergardenersd.org and click on the picture of the Earth-Friendly sign.

UC Master Gardener Valorie Shatynski became familiar with earth-friendly gardening practices as she grew up in southern Oregon on a family farm. They raised flowers, onions, sugar beets and turf to harvest their seeds for sale to major seed companies. One of Valorie’s tasks was removing weeds and disposing of them outside the field to prevent reseeding. Removing weeds is extremely important in the seed business; companies reject products contaminated with weed seed.

You can evaluate how you are doing as an Earth-Friendly gardener using the Master Gardeners’ idea-filled checklist, available at www.mastergardenersd.org. Click on the Earth-Friendly Garden sign. As a reward for your efforts and to support our non-profit countywide program, purchase an Earth-Friendly Garden yard sign. It is a great way to share with visitors that your garden is sustainable and a conversation starter about earth-friendly gardening.

read more at: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/lifestyle/home-and-garden/sd-hm-garden-mastery-20180712-story.html#

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If You Live In an HOA Replace Your Water Guzzling Lawn Without Penalty


Gov. Jerry Brown signed a pair of bills September, 2014 that went into effect January 1, 2015 that protect residents in homeowners associations across San Diego County and California who want to replace their water guzzling lawns with drought tolerant plants, or just cut back on turf watering during a drought.

Brown signed Senate Bill 992, which prevents HOAs from imposing fines on residents who reduce or stop watering landscaping after the governor has declared a statewide emergency due to drought, as Gov. Brown did in January. The protections do not apply in HOA neighborhoods that use recycled water, according to the bill by Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber.

With the signing of Assembly Bill 2104, by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, HOAs will be prevented from penalizing residents for replacing their lawns with low-water plants over concerns about a neighborhood’s character. It doesn’t take away the power of HOAs to establish landscaping rules, as long as they allow for drought tolerant plants.

read more at: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/sep/18/hoa-drought-lawns-water-ab2104-gonzalez/

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San Diego – Landscape Help at Deep Discount


Need expert garden advice?  Professional landscape designers will be offering 30-minute consultations for $30 at the Spring Home Garden Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Feb 28 and March 1 and 2.

Reserve your spot at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/even/566976 and get free admission to the show.