SAN ANGELO – The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a landscape school during four evenings in September to help homeowners design healthy, attractive drought-hardy landscapes.
The annual Earth-Kind Landscape Design School classes are scheduled from 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 19, 20, 26 and 27 at the Tom Green 4-H Center, 3168 N. U.S. Highway 67. The school also includes a 30-minute individual consultation to assist participants with design or plant material questions.
“This year’s course theme is ‘Drought Survival and Recovery,’ and our aim will be to help homeowners get their landscapes back on track with hardy plant materials that are truly miserly when it comes to water use,” said Allison Watkins, AgriLife Extension horticulturist in Tom Green County and the school’s coordinator.
“A good landscape can be functional and attractive, but unfortunately, many landscapes have suffered damage from the historic drought and heat we are experiencing this summer.”
Watkins said the school’s four classes will include plant selection, soil preparation, turfgrass establishment, irrigation efficiency, tree care and water conservation.
Watkins will instruct the first two classes, and Dr. Steve George, AgriLife Extension horticulture specialist at Dallas, will teach landscape design during the last two sessions.
Tuition, which includes all materials needed for the course, is $65 per household. Watkins said only one set of teaching materials will be given per registration, but spouses are welcome to attend.
To enroll or for more information, contact the AgriLife Extension office in Tom Green County at 325-659-6528. The registration deadline is Sept. 12.