Lawn Care Basics: Keeping it Healthy and Waterwise

Most home owners have some type of turf lawn yet feel overwhelmed with all the marketing and conflicting information about lawns, much of which does not apply our Island’s soil and climate. In this seminar, Susan Lewis will teach us the practical basics of eco-friendly and waterwise lawn care including how to not over-mow, how to repair bare and unhealthy patches, why moss in the lawn is okay, why lawns need to go dormant in summer, and how to keep weeds to a minimum without applying pesticides.

Lawn Alternatives: No-mow Grasses, Ground Covers and Rockeries

The type of property you have, and how you want to spend your gardening time are the two primary reasons to forego the traditional turf lawn in favour of other groundcovers and no-lawn garden designs. Elaine McGuinness will tell us about the types of yards where turf lawns have trouble staying healthy and the types of ground covers and no-mow green carpets that are waterwise alternatives when a turf lawn becomes too high-maintenance. Elaine will review some yard designs that forego the lawn, and some tips on how to change your yard bit by bit from a lawn to a no-lawn area.

This is a FREE seminar. *Please register in advance by clicking on the REGISTER button, by calling 250-753-1154, or emailing*

About the Instructors: 

Susan Lewis is a new member in the Vancouver Island Master Gardener Association who has a life-long love of gardening and learning. When she is not busy running her marketing & event management company she is getting her hands dirty in her flower garden. She loves the feel of a country setting so her backyard – with lots of colour and a variety of plants throughout the season – is a work in progress that gives her and her visitors many hours of beauty and enjoyment.

Elaine McGuinness, a new member of the Vancouver Island Master Gardener’s Association, can always find time from her busy career in special education to tend her multi-faceted garden in Nanaimo. Her experience has taught her the value of including many different types of shrubs, perennials, herbs, vegetables and groundcovers, and she loves to share her knowledge as she and her gardens evolve together.

About VIMGA:

The Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association (VIMGA) is a chapter of the Master Gardeners Association, an international service society of specially trained volunteers who teach science-based sustainable gardening practices to home gardeners. VIMGA is one of the 5 chapters in the British Columbia Association and partnering with the Victoria chapter, specializes in the stewardship of Vancouver Island’s unique environment.

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