eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle

© SDCWA 2013

WaterSmart is where our San Diego lifestyle and water efficiency meet. Each step you take has the potential to enhance your lifestyle, increase the value of your home, save money and inspire a neighbor to do the same.

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Installation Go Step by Step Here is a step-by-step guide to help you avoid mistakes and enjoy your project17 1. Secure Building Permits Contact the building department at your city (or the county) and ask if a permit is needed for your garden renovation. 2. Call Dig Alert Call 8-1-1 at least two work days before you are ready to break ground. The phone service will send local utility workers to your home to mark their underground lines. 3. Remove What You Don't Want Rent a roll-off bin from the company that picks up your trash each week or a local waste management company. They come in various sizes and rent for three to ten days, or long term. The hardest thing to remove is your old lawn. If you don't do it right, it will grow back throughout your new garden. First, determine what type of turf you have, then follow the instructions on the next page. If you're not sure what turf you have, follow the instructions for warm-season turf. Tip! 120 Taking a class on turf removal at The Water Conservation Garden, or San Diego Botanical Garden, or from Surfrider Foundation is highly recommended, especially if you are tackling warm-season turf.

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