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Woodland hosts third annual water-wise landscape tour

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Sandra Jennings-Jones' home at 829 Lewis Ave. in Woodland will be on the water-wise landscape tour Saturday, June 7. She worked her landscape around an existing redwood tree and a birch tree grove, and incorporated a dry creek bed to reduce runoff, a flagstone walkway, mounded plantings of drought-tolerant plants, and a seating area for enjoying the results. Courtesy photo

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From page A16 | June 04, 2014 |

The city of Woodland will host its third free water-wise landscape tour from 8:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7. The event allows individuals to explore attractive, water-efficient landscapes.

Water-wise landscapes not only reduce water consumption and reduce potential of pollution discharges into the storm water system, but also can beautify a home, lower maintenance and provide welcome habitat for beneficial insects and birds.

“During warm-weather months, residential customers with traditional lawn landscapes allocate, sometimes unknowingly, about 50 percent of their water use to landscape irrigation,” said Wayne Blanchard, the city of Woodland’s water conservation coordinator. “A properly designed water-wise landscape can easily cut outdoor water consumption in half during those warm months.”

The tour includes 10 sites, including a before-and-after example at 829 Lewis Ave. Owner Sandra Jennings-Jones was able to work around an existing redwood tree and a birch tree grove in this medium-sized front yard. The landscaping incorporated a dry creek bed to reduce runoff, a flagstone walkway, mounded plantings of drought-tolerant plants, and a seating area for enjoying the results.

The water-wise landscape tour activities will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a registration event at the Woodland Community & Senior Center, 2001 East St. The event will include an alternative grass display, relevant literature, mow-strip planting plans for water-wise home landscapes, a presentation on providing for beneficial insects in a drought year, and an overview of the tour sites. The landscape tour guide book and maps will be available there.

The self-guided tour runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tour participants will learn how owners removed existing plant material, prepared the sites, addressed challenges and set up irrigation systems. Homeowners and Yolo County Master Gardener volunteers will be on site at the tour destinations to answer additional questions about the landscapes.
For more information, visit http://woodlandwaterwiselandscapetour.blogspot.com or contact the Woodland Water Conservation Program at conservewater@cityofwoodland.org or 530-661-2067.

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