Did you know that 500 square feet of lawn uses 13,000 gallons of water a year? We all want to conserve water, or save money, or do our part, but that doesn't mean that we need to settle for a dead lawn or a gravel bed. We can transform our communities into thriving ecosystems without draining far away ecosystems to do it. By simply redirecting rainwater from storm drains and redirecting greywater from sewer systems into our yards, we can support rich diversity. Some people want to grow food. Others want to grow flowers and other supportive plants for our urban wildlife. Yet others want a hands-off landscape that adds value to their home. Whatever it is you strive for, there is a solution.
In this workshop we will put in a laundry greywater system, create earthworks that slow, sink, and spread rainwater into the yard, and replant the lawn monoculture with a diverse array of native and other plantings that can thrive on only rainwater or regular watering from greywater. A landscape plan will help guide us.
Cost for this workshop is a $5 donation. The homeowner is community minded and feels like everyone should have the opportunity to learn this information and be part of inspiring change!
You will learn:
- how to create a water budget for your landscape based on your laundry habits as well as rainwater resources coming from your roof.
- how to size earthworks in your yard to account for large rain events
- how to understand your soil type and what this means for planting and water
- what soaps to use with greywater
- what plants like greywater and which ones don't
- how to engage your community in the conversation on using water wisely
- what kind of rebates are available for lawn removal and rainwater storage
RSVP: to BROOK SARSON: firstname.lastname@example.org with "June 20 workshop" in subject line