United Stated Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Showcase Communities Grant; Sustainable Turfgrass Demonstration Garden
Chuck Ingels, Horticulture Advisor with the UC Cooperative Extension, with help from UC Master Gardeners, installed a turf demonstration garden at Florin Creek Park, next to the Florin Creek Recreation Center, located at 7460 Persimmon Ave., just west of 99 between Florin and Mack Roads. The turf demonstration project will be a 3-year project comparing several turf grass species that likely use far less water than standard lawns, and require less mowing. The project is funded by the US EPA's Climate Showcase Communities Grant program through Sacramento County Water Resources Department to promote River Friendly Landscaping.
In conjunction with the demonstration garden, the River-Friendly Landscaping Coalition, Sacramento County, the University of California Continuing Education, and the California Center for Urban Horticulture offered two workshops on sustainable turfgrass management at the Florin Creek Recreation Center. One was held in February and the other in June. The workshops included an introduction to River-Friendly Landscaping, and a discussion of alternative turf species, soil preparation, grasscycling, and irrigation management. They also included a tour of the turf demonstration plots adjoining the Florin Creek Center.