Replacing your lawn with a sustainable landscape is the best way to use less water. Sustainable landscapes save water and give you a landscape that requires less maintenance, cleans stormwater, creates habitat and improves the value of your home.

While it can take some knowledge and planning to redesign your landscape, you don’t have to be a designer to get the landscape you’ll love. Take a class, or take all of our classes, and learn how. All of our classes are free!

Find a class that works with your schedule and start planning your turf removal project.

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1. Attend online

The Green Gardens Group teaches residents all across California how to remove lawn, build healthy soil, select plants and irrigate correctly. They offer free one-hour classes every week on Zoom.

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2. Attend in person

The San Diego County Water Authority is offering free classes that teach homeowners how to remove grass and design a water-efficient landscape. Attend a three-hour workshop or sign up for the four-class series. The Water Authority will announce their next series of classes soon, and they fill up fast. If you want to attend the four-class series, go to the website below and get on the waiting list.

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3. Learn at your own pace

If you are on the go and want a more flexible way to learn, watch the Water Authority’s 20-part video series. You’ll learn step by step how to transform your lawn and take care of your new landscape. The videos cover everything from lawn removal and building soil to irrigation, maintenance and capturing rainwater. You can also rewatch the videos as many times as you want, which makes learning how to do this even easier.

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