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Water-Saving Seminars

Using less water is not only good for the environment; it is also great for saving money on your water bill.

The Fort Worth Water Department, in partnership with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, is hosting a series of free seminars, highlighting the “how to of water-saving landscapes.”

Through these seminars attendees will learn:

  • How to keep landscapes healthy even with water restrictions
  • How to plan and grow a water-saving garden/landscape
  • How to perform irrigation check-ups; make minor repairs and adjustments to your system
  • Why drip irrigation is the most efficient irrigation method

Seminar Schedule

All seminars take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Botanical Research Instiute of Texas, 1700 University Drive.

Rainwater Harvesting

Date: March 1, 2018

Think big for your home and save big on your water bill! This program covers design, construction, maintenance and benefits of a large rainwater collection system. Participants will learn how to calculate rainwater capture and detailed design of an above ground collection system for your home, ranch or business’s outdoor water needs.

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Water-Saving Seminar:Top 100 Plants for North Texas

Date: April 5, 2018

Are you a “Native Texan” or a transplant? Plants can be native or transplants too! Create a lush and vibrant landscape with our favorite “Top 100” native and adapted plants, ideal for your North Texas landscape. You’ll also learn proper soil preparation, proper planting, how to choose the right plant for the right place, as well as tips to keep your plants beautiful and healthy year-round.

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Date: May 3, 2018

Do you want to have the yard people envy on your street? Come and learn basic design principles, plant placement and all about the newest hardscape trends so you can “do it yourself” and save big! Transform your landscape into a beautiful low maintenance, water efficient landscape. Learn tips on how to use the ULandscapeIT tool on the WaterUniversity.tamu.edu website to become your own landscape designer!

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Drip Irrigation

Date: June 7, 2018

Make every drop count! Whether you have an existing sprinkler system or just an outdoor faucet, learn how to install, convert and maintain a drip irrigation system. Drip irrigation is the most efficient irrigation method for landscape beds, potted plants, vegetable gardens or home foundations. The flow of information from our experts will make “do it yourself” drip irrigation seem easy!

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Water U Doing?: Water Efficient Sprinklers

Date: July 12, 2018

What are you doing for your landscape? Save water, money and time by giving your sprinkler system a “Spruce Up.” Come learn how minor do-it-yourself repairs and simple irrigation tips can make a MAJOR impact on your water waste and your water bill. If you’ve got questions about your controller or how much your lawn and landscape really needs, we’ve got a stream of info to get your plants looking their best!

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Put the ‘Care’ Into Lawn Care

Date: Aug. 2, 2018

Did you fight the lawn and the lawn won? Don’t let it! This course will teach you proper maintenance techniques, efficient watering methods, at the same time simplifying fertilizer and pesticide application to reduce weed and disease issues. We’ll help you create a lush and healthy lawn that will make your neighbors green with envy!

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Grow Your Own Vegetables

Date: Sept. 6, 2018

“Lettuce” talk about vegetables! Whether you’re trying to eat healthier, want to know where your food comes from, or just love the idea of growing delicious vine-ripened vegetables at home, this class in for you. Learn proper soil preparation, garden design and layouts, disease and insect identification, as well as the proper planting times for getting the most production out of your favorite vegetables in the challenging climate of North Texas.

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Texas Trees

Date: Oct. 4, 2018

Trees are without a doubt, our most valuable landscape investment! Whether you’re interested in their ornamental value for your property, their contribution to energy and water savings at your home or business, or the many other ecosystem services they provide, this program covers it. Branch out and join us to learn tips on tree selection and proper planting practices, as well as proper watering, pruning, common insect issues and diseases.

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Date: Nov. 1, 2018

Compost is absolutely one of the best soil amendments money can buy, but you don’t have to! Learn how to make high-quality compost at home using materials most folks throw away. This class give you the “dirt” on the most effective composting methods with a focus on practical techniques and “piles” of problem solving tips to get your compost system back to its peak.

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