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Minutes: Lawnicide with Billy Goodnick (07/08/15)

July 8, 2015

Invocation: Scott Burns
Pledge: Diana Cecala
Raffle: Burt C. brought a bottle of wine and a $50 gift card to Fresco at Five Points

Guests: Billy Goodnick


  • Bill Ringer announced that Group 8 will have a social at the Polo fields on Sunday, Sept. 13. Don’t miss the Maserati and Pony Parade. $45 per person.
  • Golf Tournament: Joe Weiland sent a PDF of the brochure to all members as well as the registration form. Joe thinks this is going to come together, but it’s not there yet. “The people you know who are golfers, they like to golf,” he said. So send them the PDF and an invite in an email and follow up with a phone call. Members, consider this your invitation. If you don’t golf, you can still register for dinner. Deliver some of the printed brochures to people. We have about 30 confirmed golfers, but we need at least 70, and we’d like to have at least 100. We also need more silent auction items. Deliver auction items to Bill Boyd.
    Montecito: John Brinker
    Downtown: Steve Kally
    Carp Morning: Joe Weiland is doing one of the Carpinteria ones.
    Carp Evening:
    Goleta Evening: David Velarde
    Goleta Noontime: Bob McPhillips
    SB North: Bob McPhillips
  • Jody Dolan Holehouse said Tuesday, July 28 at noon at Steve Kally’s office, there is a RCSBSCF Board meeting.
  • Treasurer Sandra O’Meara reminded members that invoices were sent out two weeks ago, so please pay soon.If you have any questions, please talk with Sandra or Darren Doi.
  • Diana Washburn thanked the people behind the scenes for club service: Richard Redmond (attendance), Karen Kawaguchi (attendance training), Tom Putnam and David Velarde and Gary Jensen (AV), Liz Alves, Steve Boehm, David Vo (scribe), Joanne Schoenfeld Orenstein (programs), E. Russell, Chris Baxter (room setup).
  • Our club’s board will meet at the back table immediately following this meeting.
  • Pay and tell with Sgt at Arms Andrew Chung.

Program: Joanne Schoenfeld Orenstein introduced Billy Goodnick to present “Drought Strategies (or intentional lawnicide).”

  • He shared his lawn decision tree. If you choose yes,what quality does it need, what’s the right size,what are the best practices? what’s the right location?, and should you go faux?
  • Once you get rid of your lawn, you can use that space for decorative plants, growing food, and increasing your outdoor living.
  • Ways to kill your lawn: peel it off or churn it up, spray roundup, spray horticultural vinegar, sheet mulch, solarize, or train your gophers.
  • Water management: Get a water checkup from your water agency to review your system. They may check for leaks, adjust the water percentage, or check the direction the water is spraying. Also manage your gardener.
  • Low cost ways to manage water: switch to drip irrigation, mulch, install smart controllers, and use a pool cover to minimize evaporation.
  • The City of Santa Barbara is offering up to $1,000 rebates for drought landscaping. The money may be spent on plants, sprinklers, smart controllers, drip and efficient sprinklers and permeable surfaces. The Goleta Water District may begin offering incentives again soon.
  • The design process (in short): Analyze desires and conditions; Define what it all means; and Take action.
  • Make it beautiful, useful, and sustainable.
  • Needs assessment: what do you want to do outside — which verbs? What do you like and dislike? What styles do you like? What are the must-have plants? Are there any black holes — as in maintenance issues? Do you have what you need for mojitos?
  • Think about the shapes of your yard. It doesn’t need to be all angular, modular squares. Lines can meander, and be organic.
  • Additional site work includes soil, retention, permeability, and storage. When it comes to water, slow it, spread it, and store it.
  • When buying plants, think about function (shade, windbreak, slow erosion, privacy, etc.). Think about size: tree, high, medium, or low. Think about growing conditions. Think about appearance, but don’t do this first!
  • ET = evapotranspiration rate.
  • Visit to potentially save 30% of your landscaping water use.
  • Drip irrigation has many advantages, including efficiency, fewer weeds, reduced disease, and better distribution on slopes.
  • If nothing else, visit
  • In honor of our speaker, we will donate 15 dictionaries to third graders.
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