GROW IT, MOW IT & THROW IT CONTEST
Jul
1
to Aug 31

GROW IT, MOW IT & THROW IT CONTEST

Have you ever considered removing your bluegrass lawn and replacing it with a garden instead?

Maybe it's a native garden, a prairie of wildflowers or an edible patch. 

Here at Gardenwerks we are very passionate about a well designed landscape, especially one that conserves water. Lawns certainly have their place in the landscape, but far too often they become the default design element to fill an area. Rather, a good design should start with designating bluegrass lawn areas and filling the remaining area with a diverse mix of plants. Bluegrass lawns consume an incredible amount of water, resources and time; and contribute very little to the local ecological community.

A well laid out perennial garden can provide so many benefits, all with less input. 

Are you convinced? Let’s get digging!

We will award the top two customers that remove the largest area of bluegrass lawn by square footage.

FIRST PLACE $1000 Plant Credit*

SECOND PLACE $500 Plant Credit*

*Credit can be used towards any materials relating to this project including plants, compost and irrigation supplies.

A FEW RULES:

  • Contest is taking place during JULY & AUGUST.

  • Does not apply to projects completed in the past. 

  • The existing lawn area must be a Bluegrass lawn.

  • Please submit before and after pictures with a tape measure so we can see the total square footage of lawn removed.

  • Plan must include 80% ultimate plant coverage in new garden area.

AND A FEW ALARMING LAWN FACTS TO PONDER:

  • 30-60% of fresh water is used to irrigate lawns

  • Lawns are the #1 irrigated UNUSED crop in the US

  • Watering during the day, with wind, wastes 65% of the water

  • 65,000 people per year are hospitalized with lawn mowing injuries

  • The majority of lawns are overwatered

  • There is a total of 30—40 million acres of lawns in the US

SEND ALL QUESTIONS AND PICTURES TO INFO@GARDENWERKS.COM

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Native Plant Gardening
May
25
9:00 AM09:00

Native Plant Gardening

Interested in adding Montana Native Plants to your landscape? Join us to learn from this experienced and enthusiastic native plant gardener on how best to achieve this!

Sue Leferink lives in East Helena, Montana and has been a gardener in the Helena area for over 20 years. She is an active member of the Helena Garden Club affiliated with the Montana Federated, Rocky Mountain Regional and National Garden Clubs. She is currently the Montana Federation of Garden Club's Xeriscaping and Bee chairman. She has completed the National Garden Clubs Landscape Design Consultant course series and is a Master Gardener through Montana State University Extension Services. Sue is also a member of the Montana Native Plant society. She has provided workshops on gardening for wildlife at International Migratory Bird Day, Tizer Botanical Gardens and Arboretum, the National Federation of Wildlife, Montana Wild and across the state for other local garden clubs. Over the past 10 years she has worked on several local garden projects in Lewis and Clark and Jefferson County. In 2013, she led a team of several volunteers and experts to create a Certified Wildlife Habitat Demonstration Garden and Bee exhibit at the Montana Wild Education center in Helena across from Kessler School. In 2018, she expanded this to add a new Pollinator Pathway garden to provide habitat for butterflies focusing especially on the decline of the Monarch butterfly.

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