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Lighten Up
September, 2020 - Issue #192
photography by Mel Carll
photography by Mel Carll

Lighten Up
Light your own fire with a personal backyard pit.
Cooler weather is just around the corner, we promise. Safely enjoy s'mores and scary fireside stories by choosing a firepit with a mesh cover to prevent embers from flying and fully extinguishing the flames and coals when it's time to go back inside.

Light the night with glowing ambience.
Whether you call them bistro, carnival, fiesta, party or string lights, you'll absolutely call them perfect when draping them across exterior gathering spaces.

Lighten your load with lower-maintenance landscaping.
Work with a certified nursery specialist to choose drought-resistant ornamental grasses, trees and ground covers to plant this fall. You'll give them plenty of time to become established before the cold of winter and the scorching sun of late spring '21.

Design a Landscape that Pops
Is your front lawn in need of a makeover? The key to landscaping with top-dollar curb appeal is selecting plants that are attractive, drought-tolerant and available at your local nursery. Don't know where to start? We'll let you in on a little secret - the 30 hottest plants of the SCV!
Provided by SCV Water, the SCV's Hottest Plant Guide lists the top perennials, trees, shrubs and groundcover, as well as step-by-step instructions on designing new landscape, removing grass and amending soil. It also demonstrates the best planting practices and steps to intelligent irrigation. Visit to download a digital copy.

Bloom Where You're Planted with Virtual Gardening Classes
Does your lawn need a little TLC? Learn about water-saving turf care and turf substitutes on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 9 am during this month's online gardening class. SCV Water is hosting monthly online courses Saturdays at 9am. All presentations will be recorded and available for download on our website one week after the live class. Visit to join the virtual fun!
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