May 23, 2013
Filed Under Lake Tahoe Eco-Tips
While lawns are great for defensible space and aesthetics, they are also the most water intensive landscaping option and a major polluter of the lake.
Not to mention – a time waster….if you’d rather be playing.
Learn more at the Sustainable Turf Care and Turf Conversion Workshop June 5th, 6:30-8 p.m. at South Tahoe PUD and June 8th, 9-10:30 a.m. sponsored by the Tahoe RCD, South Tahoe PUD, and UCCE Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners.
While we are all trying to save water and the lake, this is one of the most progressive, sustainable ideas in the Tahoe Basin.
- Water saving technology and practices that save money
- Turf removal techniques and relandscaping ideas
- Fertilizer practices for healthier turf and cleaner water
- Irrigation auditing and scheduling
- Landscape professionals will be placed on service providers list
- Ins and outs of the South Tahoe PUD Turf Buy Back Program
- Opportunity to sign up for water-wise landscaping services
Home gardeners and Landscape professions from around the lake are invited to attend this free workshop. To learn more contact Jennifer Cressy, firstname.lastname@example.org, 530-543-1501 ext. 107.
Turf Buy-Back Program by STPUD
The South Tahoe Public Utility District (STPUD) has two state water conservation grants that allow for the voluntary buy-back of lawns, for customers who wish to replace their lawns with basic drip irrigation system or drought- tolerant landscaping.
Requirements of the Turf Buy-Back program include replacing turf with at least 50% living coverage to prevent erosion from increasing following the removal of the lawn. Shrubs such as serviceberry, chokeberry, and sand cherry are the most suitable for drought-tolerant and native landscaping.
A healthy lawn must be verified by a South Tahoe PUD staff member prior to its removal to be eligible for the Turf Buy-Back Program.