GreenACTnv hosts lawn forum |

GreenACTnv hosts lawn forum

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An example of using drought tolerant plants instead of lawns in a landscape plan.
Special to The R-C |

GreenACTnv, a local educational nonprofit, is hosting a forum on lawn replacement 6-8 p.m. July 28 at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center in classroom B.

Wendy Hansen Mazet, Master Gardener Coordinator and ISA Certified arborist with the University of NV Cooperative Extension, and Ed Kleiner, owner of Comstock Seed, will discuss using shrubs, grasses and flowers to save water without sacrificing aesthetics, how a well-established natural landscape can reduce long-term maintenance, and landscape techniques that will reduce turf grass areas while keeping trees healthy.

“Concerns about maintaining water quality and quantity during the drought and the awareness that too much of our water is being used to just keep lawns green are leading many to consider reducing or replacing lawns with something less thirsty, yet still pleasing to look at and easy to maintain,” organizers said. “Xeriscaping is not the same as ‘Zeroscaping,’ in other words, removing lawn to save water does not mean replacing it with rock, and there are areas around your house where it’s best to keep your lawn intact. But there are a surprising number of beautiful plants that don’t use much water and love to grow in Northern Nevada for those areas where your lawn isn’t serving any real purpose.”

The forum is free, the public is welcome and there’s no registration required. For more information contact Katherine Winans at or 267-0539.