Free water and fire-wise landscape workshop July 30

Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District has teamed up with Olivenhain Municipal Water District to present a free water and fire-wise landscape education event on July 30 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The event, at Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District’s Station 2, 16930 Four Gee Road, celebrates the station’s newly completed fire-wise and water-smart garden, which OMWD helped construct. The garden was installed by Blue Skies Landscape Maintenance.

Due to the multiple years of drought conditions California has experienced, the local threat of wildfires this year is high. To help alleviate concerns and increase awareness of home fire protection, a brief presentation from landscape professionals and the fire district’s urban forester will begin at 9:30 a.m. Topics to be discussed include landscape zones and hydration, plant selection and installation, and landscape maintenance, all designed to teach steps that will better prepare properties for fire as well as maximize water-use efficiency.

The mini-workshop will be followed by a tour of the fire station and demonstration garden, and experts will be on hand to address questions or concerns. The demonstration garden is free and open to the public every day.

“It is vital that residents start thinking about switching their landscaping to one that is drought-tolerant and fire-resistive,” said Conor Lenehan, Fire Prevention Specialist/Urban Forester for RSFFPD. “The compounding years of drought and water restrictions will continue to take its toll on people’s ability to properly water their landscapes. This event is a great opportunity for the public to interact with professionals and learn some pointers on landscaping.”