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Guilt Free Grass Workshop
May 1, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 amFree
Learn about guilt free grass and see how sub-surface irrigation is installed in a hands-on demonstration.
Lawn doesn’t have to be a dirty word. An exemplary drought friendly lawn is being installed at Inner Light Ministries in Soquel at 5630 Soquel Drive near the Park Ave. exit off Highway 1. The church is creating a water neutral lawn for the children’s playground as part of its environmental sustainability efforts. Drought tolerant native grasses, rainwater catchment, and subsurface irrigation will insure the lawn is beautifully maintained without using any municipal water. A free workshop is being offered so homeowners, landscape contractors, and others can learn techniques for creating an environmentally responsible lawn.
The workshop, “Guilt Free Grass: Installing A Water Neutral and Drought Tolerant Lawn,” will be taught by Golden Love of Love’s Gardens on May 1 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Inner Light Center.
Other workshop partners include the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County, Soquel Creek Water District, Ecological Landscaping Alliance, Ecological Concerns Incorporated, Ewing Irrigation, Green Rubber Kennedy Ag, John Toshikian Electric, City of Santa Cruz, San Lorenzo Valley Water District, Scotts Valley Water District, and Monterrey Bay Friendly Landscaping.
Those wanting more information or to register should contact the Resource Conservation District at www.rcdsantacruz.org or call 831.464.2950 ext. 22.
The sustainable lawn project was inspired by the current drought. Love’s Gardens, a landscape company focused on environmental sustainability, helps maintain the children’s playground on a pro bono basis. Early in the current drought, Golden Love told his wife Rev. Beth Love, the Families Minister at Inner Light, that the lawn in the children’s play area would have to go. Rev. Love pointed out that the children use the lawn to run on, to kick a ball, to play games. She asked Golden if it would be possible to create a lawn that didn’t require any municipal water. After some thought and research, Mr. Love designed the current project. Love calculated the amount of rainwater that could be collected, even in a low water year, on a section of the roof near the playground. He determined that a 3000 gallon tank would hold sufficient rainwater for the new lawn, the children’s veggie garden, and the fruiting vines and trees. He chose an efficient subsurface drip irrigation system and native bent grass, a species that only needs monthly watering. He provided guidance on rebates and discounts to make the project affordable.
By the conclusion of the project, Inner Light will have received over $2000 in rebates to offset much of the cost of the venture.
The Loves involved the young people of Inner Light from the beginning. Children and teens helped create a level pad for a 3000 gallon rainwater catchment tank and helped to push the tank into place. Several of the children helped install the piping from the rain gutter into the tank. The children held a visioning and drew pictures of the additional plants that they will grow and water with rainwater. The young people will also be involved in the next phase: shaping the lawn area and installing the irrigation system, gopher wire, and sod. The children are really looking forward to playing on the new lawn, especially after so many months of dry, prickly, drought-stricken grass!
About Inner Light Ministries: Inner Light Ministries is an omnifaith outreach ministry dedicated to spiritual transformation. Sunday services and other activities welcome all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, ability, age, or sexual orientation. The organization is committed to a vision of a world that is spiritually fulfilling, environmentally sustainable, and socially just.