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July 21, 2011

Volunteer Lawn Patrol Promotes Ocean Friendly Gardens in IB!

Surfrider San Diego, WiLDCOAST, and Tijuana Estuary volunteers gather to learn about and promote sustainable gardening practices in Imperial Beach.
Image by WiLDCOAST

Surfrider San Diego’s Ocean Friendly Gardens Program led a Lawn Patrol last Sunday, July 17th in Imperial Beach.  WiLDCOAST and the Tijuana Estuary collaborated with Surfrider for this event to draw a group of enthusiastic local volunteers from Imperial Beach and around San Diego County.


The Lawn Patrol inspected a variety of Imperial Beach lawns to identify elements of “CPR” (Conserving water and energy, Permeating water into the soil, and Retaining rainwater on site).  The group learned that the lawns and gardens commonly seen in suburbia are a drain on San Diego’s limited water supply, require large amounts of dangerous pesticides and fertilizers, and remove precious habitat space for native plants and wildlife.  


The Ocean Friendly Gardens featured on the tour, some belonging to members of the group, used creative techniques to make their lawns both sustainable and aesthetically pleasing.  A combination of native species, drought resistant plants, and efficient use of soil, hardscape, and permeable surfaces to conserve water were identified on the lawns of IB.  Coronado resident Eric Keamy said of the event, “This is really wonderful and relevant to the most important issues we are facing today.  I’m learning so much about hands-on sustainable practices.”


For more information on “CPR” and how to convert your lawn into an Ocean Friendly Garden, visit