The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County and Kirk Walden, Travis County Master Gardener irrigation specialist, will present Water-Wise Ways as part of the continuing Drought to Deluge gardening series.
The free live webinar will be from 10-11:15 a.m. on May 25, with closed captioning provided. Interested parties are encouraged to register as soon as possible at https://bit.ly/3dyI2lj. Due to technological constraints, the webinar is limited to 100 attendees, but an unlimited number of people can register to view a recording of the program.
“Those who register but are not among the first 100 attendees or who miss the webinar for any reason will be able to view it later,” said Daphne Richards, AgriLife Extension horticulturist for Travis County and a frequent guest on the Central Texas Gardener program. “After they register, participants will be provided a link for the live session or to view a recording of the program.”
Program focus and content
The purpose of the program is help Austin area residents manage their home irrigation systems and provide helpful strategies for designing a more water-efficient landscape. The program coincides with the publication of the book “From Drought to Deluge: The Resilient Central Texas Garden,” which can be purchased online from the Travis County Master Gardeners Association.
“Like many areas in Texas, water restrictions and protection of aquifers and rivers from runoff is having a big impact on how we look at our landscapes,” Richards said. “Kirk will explain how to audit your current irrigation system and how hydrozones impact water usage.”
Richards said attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions prior to the webinar and receive answers during the live program as time allows.
“Questions not answered during the live webinar will be answered by email,” Richards said.
She said the Drought to Deluge book and 2021 educational series all revolve around xeriscaping principles.
“Other programs in the series address planning and design, soils, irrigation and plant selection,” Richards said. “Then we will have backyard fruit and vegetable growing webinars in the fall. These programs will be presented by experts from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Texas A&M University and Travis County Master Gardeners.”
Richards said that past recordings are listed on the 2021 Drought to Deluge Gardening Programs web page.