by Dan Carney
Homeowners and renters can receive free, expert advice about water-wise landscaping by scheduling a “Bay-Friendly Garden Walk.”
This unique program sends UC-certified Master Gardeners to homes within MMWD’s service area for a personalized landscape assessment. The visits take about an hour and include an irrigation system check as well as tips on plant selection and good soil management.
In 2008—the first year of the program—more than 40 Marin Master Gardener volunteers conducted Bay-Friendly Garden Walks at the homes of 127 MMWD customers. By sharing their knowledge and passion about gardening with others, Marin Master Gardeners help keep Marin’s urban landscape healthy while using as little water as possible.
Bay-Friendly Gardening focuses on working with nature to conserve water and other resources, foster soil health, create habitat, and prevent pollution. MMWD is promoting Bay-Friendly Gardening as part of our comprehensive conservation program to reduce water demand by 10-15 percent by 2025.
In addition to improving the health of the environment, Bay-Friendly Gardening can improve the health of household budgets by helping to lower water bills during peak summer months.
And even more savings are available: MMWD offers rebates of up to $350 to help home gardeners purchase water efficient equipment and supplies, or up to $400 for the purchase of a smart irrigation controller.
MMWD customers interested in scheduling a free Garden Walk can contact Marin Master Gardeners at (415) 499-4204.