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April Greener Davis Workshopsbooks

In celebration of the 47th anniversary of the first Earth Day, the City is offering a series of environmental classes that promise to be nothing short of literary masterpieces (or at least educational and entertaining). All classes will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Veteran's Memorial Center in the Game Room, and will run 1 to 1½ hours in length.

More information on the Greener Davis Workshops.

The City offers water conservation workshops with topics including rain water retention, lawn conversion, irrigation systems, grey water systems, water-wise landscaping, and more. Past workshop presentations and videos can be found under recent workshops below.

*** The City of Davis does not recommend, sponsor or otherwise promote any of the businesses that participate in these workshops.***


Recent Workshops

April 13, 2017: The Silence of the Sprinklers (Greener Davis Workshop Series)

Get an update on water conservation in Davis and California. Learn ways to reduce outdoor water use to help “silence your sprinklers”.

"Silence of the Sprinklers" Presentation

September 29, 2016: Life After Lawnarboretum plant2

Learn how to create attractive, low-water, easy-care, pollinator-friendly landscapes with plants perfect for our Central Valley conditions from Ellen Zagory, Director of Public Horticulture for the UC Davis Arboretum.

"Life After Lawn" presentation 

"Life After Lawn" resource list

*Photo courtesy of the UC Davis Arboretum & Public Garden

Summer 2016: The ABCs of Sustainable Landscaping (June 28, July 21, August 18)

Sustainable-Landscaping

The UC Yolo County Master Gardeners, City of Davis and Central Park Gardens presented “The ABCs of Sustainable Landscaping”. The presentation was designed as a guide to converting and maintaining an ecological and attractive landscape that combines sensible water use, waterwise plantings, beneficial insects habitat and green waste reduction.

ABCs of Sustainable Landscaping Presentation

May 11, 2016: Irrigation

Learn to optimize your irrigation system and how to convert to drip from Mike Winger, City of Davis Parks Maintenance Crew Supervisor, and Arlen Feldman, Yolo County Master Gardener.

Irrigation Intro

Irrigation Presentation

Irrigation Presentation 2

Irrigation Project Photos

Drip Irrigation Techniques (Master Gardener Hand-out)

April 13, 2016: Plant Selection & Placement

Get information on choosing the right plant for the right place from Ellen Zagory, Director of Public Horticulture for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.

Plant Selection & Placement Presentation

May 9, 2016: Turf Removal

Learn tips and techniques to remove your turf from Taylor Lewis, Nursery Manager for the UC Davis Arboretum.

Turf Removal Presentation

Turf Removal Workshop Overview

CA Native Flowering Calendar

Meadow Plant List

Rain Garden and Bio-Swale Plant List

Great Grasses Plant List

January 20, 2016: Fix-a-Leak Workshop

The City of Davis is offering a free Fix-a-Leak workshop on Wednesday, January 20 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Center (203 E. 14th Street) multi-purpose room. John Mast, the City’s Water Productions Systems Supervisor, will describe the steps for homeowners to complete basic indoor and outdoor leak repairs. Indoor water conservation kits will be distributed at the event and include toilet leak detection dye tablets, faucet aerators, toilet flappers, and “Practical Plumbing” handbooks. To register, please e-mail WaterSmart@cityofdavis.org or call (530) 757-5686.

October 6, 2015: Water-Wise Landscaping 

Your lawn's gone... now what? If you've removed your lawn and are now wondering what to do, join Ellen Zagory, Director of Public Horticulture for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, at this workshop on October 6. She will discuss water-wise plant choices and landscape layout and design to turn your yard into a beautiful water-wise landscape.

Water-Wise Landscaping Presentation

   
 Water-Wise Landscaping - Part 1 (25 minutes)   Water-Wise Landscaping - Part 2 (24 minutes)

September 16, 2015: Large Scale Impacts of Drought

We all know that droughts mean less water at home, but how do droughts impact wildlife and their habitats? What’s being done? City Wildlife Specialist John McNerney will present a wider view of the California drought and its effects on wildlife and the ecosystem as a whole.

Large Scale Impacts of Drought Presentation



 Large Scale Impacts of Drought - Part 1 (34 minutes)  Large Scale Impacts of Drought - Part 2 (36 minutes)

August 12, 2015: Lawn Conversion

Have you considered removing your lawn? If so, don’t miss this workshop! Kerry Daane Loux, local landscape architect specializing in sustainable design and City Park Planner, will talk about different lawn removal techniques, and perhaps more importantly, drought friendly replacements for a lawn.

Lawn Conversion Presentation (August 12, 2015)

Save Our Water Rebates

   
Lawn Conversion - Part 1 (30 minutes) Lawn Conversion - Part 2 (36 minutes)

August 5, 2015: Taking Care of Your Trees in a Drought

Trees provide many long-term benefits, including shading our homes and reducing energy costs, providing beauty, and more. Although we all need to reduce irrigation and start switching to drought tolerant landscaping, it’s important to remember that trees still need care and water during the drought to stay alive. City Urban Forest Manager Rob Cain will lead this workshop on caring for your trees during the drought, looking for signs of distress and various watering techniques to help our urban forest get through this drought.

Caring for Trees in a Drought Presentation

Tree Davis: Help Your Trees Survive the Drought

Managing Trees During Drought & Water Restrictions

Maximizing Benefits of Trees in Hot Climates

   
Caring for Trees in a Drought - Part 1 (32 minutes) Caring for Trees in a Drought - Part 2 (41 minutes)

July 29, 2015: Large Scale Impacts of Drought

We all know that droughts mean less water at home, but how do droughts impact wildlife and their habitats? What’s being done? City Wildlife Specialist John McNerney will present a wider view of the California drought and its effects on wildlife and the ecosystem as a whole.

Large Scale Impacts of Drought Presentation

July 15, 2015: Grey Water Systems

Are you curious about grey water systems? Then this is the workshop for you! This workshop will explore different types of grey water systems that you can install to conserve water. Join Chief Building Official Greg Mahoney and local grey water experts for this unique opportunity to learn about recycling water.

City Greywater Overview

EcoAssistant Presentation

Grow Water Presentation

Nexus eWater Presentation

June 24, 2015: Plant Selection and Drought Tolerant Landscaping

UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden Nursery Manager Taylor Lewis will talk about the benefits of drought tolerant landscaping. Learn about proper plant selection, the UC Davis Arboretum All Stars and California native plants.

Plant Selection and Drought Tolerant Landscaping Presentations and Handouts

   
 Plant Selection - Part 1 (35 minutes)   Plant Selection - Part 2 (38 minutes)

June 10, 2015: Irrigation Systems, Controllers and Watering Schedules

This class will review different types of irrigation systems and which systems work best for different types of landscapes. UCD Grounds Supervisor Matt Forrest and City Irrigation Supervisor Mike Winger will talk about programing different stations, run times and how to determine your irrigation output and set a watering schedule.

Irrigation Systems Workshop Presentations

May 20, 2015: Lawn Conversion

Have you considered removing your lawn? If so, don’t miss this workshop! Kerry Daane Loux, local landscape architect specializing in sustainable design and City Park Planner, will talk about different lawn removal techniques, and perhaps more importantly, drought friendly replacements for a lawn.

Lawn Conversion Workshop Presentations

   
 Lawn Conversion - Part 1 (39 minutes)  Lawn Conversion - Part 2 (42 minutes)

May 6, 2015: Rain Water Retention

It may not be raining now, but it will rain eventually. This workshop will help you prepare your yard to retain as much of that rainwater as possible. The workshop will cover various methods of rainwater retention, including redirecting run-off, swales, dry creek beds, rain gardens and mulch. Local businesses, Blue Barrel Systems and Rain Recyclers, will talk about rain barrel collection systems.

Rain Water Retention Workshop Presentations and Handouts

Community Water Conservation Workshops

Other community groups, such as the Yolo County Master Gardeners  and UC Davis Arboretum offer water conservation workshops as well.