The Regional Water Authority(RWA) in partnership with local water suppliers hosted regular educational webinars throughout 2021.  The webinars  are free and open to all local water supplier customers in the Sacramento region.  Please see details below.

Do’s and Don’ts For Front Yard Renovations

We renovate our front yards for various reasons: Maybe the existing landscape is overgrown, lacks color, and requires too much work. Maybe it’s time to spice up your curb appeal. And, maybe you want to lead by example, showing friends and neighbors that your landscape is both beautiful, water-efficient, and a magnet for birds, bees, and other pollinators. Taking time to plan your landscape renovation can help you avoid design, irrigation, and plant pitfalls. This workshop will guide you through the design process, including essential elements to consider. It will cover irrigation basics for healthy plants, how to avoid costly mistakes, and provide sage advice for what to do and not do during your renovation.

Date: January 28, 2021 – noon to 1 pm
Host: Sacramento Suburban Water District
Trainers: Soleil Tranquilli, Cheryl Buckwalter, and Marcia Scott

Young Tree Pruning

Learn how to prune young shade trees for strong and attractive structure from a Sacramento Tree Foundation certified arborist. Quick, simple steps you can take now to help your young shade trees grow healthy and beautiful will save you time and money in the future. We’ll teach you how and where to make good cuts and which tools to use. This class does not cover fruit tree pruning and care.

Date: February 4, 2021 – noon to 1 pm
Trainers: Pamela Sanchez, Sacramento Tree Foundation

Landscape Design with Cost in Mind

Figuring out how much to budget and what a landscape project costs can be mind boggling. In this webinar, we’ll cover the basic stages of creating a landscape design with the focus on options and related costs to help in the decision-making process. Actual landscape projects will be featured to give an understanding of what these example landscapes cost to design and install based on the use of various materials, features, and methods.

Date: February 25, 2021 – noon to 1 pm
Host: City of Sacramento
Trainers: Cheryl Buckwalter, Soleil Tranquilli, and Marcia Scott

How Much Water Does Your Landscape Really Need?

You and your family likely have a household budget, and so does your landscape – a Water Budget. In this webinar, you’ll learn: How to determine how much water you currently use to irrigate your landscape. What a Water Budget is and how to create one. How to use resources to help you determine the actual water needs of your plants. How to plan your hydrozones so plants with the same water needs are grouped together. Explore ways to reduce the amount of water used in your landscape based on the types of plants and watering methods you select.

Date: March 25, 2021 – noon to 1 pm
Host: City of Roseville
Trainers: Cheryl Buckwalter, Soleil Tranquilli, and Marcia Scott

Drought Tolerant/Mediterranean Climate Gardens 

We have the advantage of living in one of only 5 Mediterranean climate zones but with that comes the need to be water wise when it comes to plant selection. In this webinar, you will learn the best choice of plants to limit water use but at the same time achieving a beautiful garden/landscape year-round. Plus, I will include tips on amending soil to help those plants thrive.

Date: March 31, 2021 – noon to 1 pm
Host:    California American Water
Trainer: Marlene Simon, the “Plant Lady”

Creating a Pollinator Garden

Did you know that bees visit up to 5,000 flowers a day? Bees and other pollinators provide us food… why not give them food and shelter in return. In this webinar you’ll learn what plants are best to bring bees, butterflies and all the other important pollinators to your garden year round.

Date: April 14, 2021 – noon to 1 pm
Host:    California American Water
Trainer: Marlene Simon, the “Plant Lady”