The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present the Backyard Gardening Series educational program, "Drip Irrigation and Lawn Management" from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 13 in Suite 208 of its offices at 3355 Cherry Ridge in San Antonio.
"Drip irrigation is probably the most effective method for home landscaping," says David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension agent for horticulture in Bexar County. "This program will include a presentation by Dr. Tom Harris, a Bexar County Master Gardener with lots of experience in constructing and installing drip irrigation systems."
"Building and installing a basic home irrigation system is a relative simple process," Harris says. In fact, many, or more women than men are now taking the lead in installing these systems for home gardening."
Rodriguez says the program also will address how to manage turf grass through the summer, fall, and winter.
The extended drought in Texas has made the interest in conserving water even greater.
"With sporadic and uncertain rainfall this year, plus the stress caused by previous drought periods, it's important to know how to properly irrigate, fertilize and tend your lawn," he says. "You should also know the right length and frequency for cutting your grass during different seasons. People often have a lot of money invested in their lawns, and proper management can help protect that investment."
Rodriguez says the program would also focus on best practices from the AgriLife Extension Earth-Kind program to emphasize environmental responsibility through water conservation and limited chemical use.
The registration fee for the backyard gardening program is just $10. This can be paid in advance at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in San Antonio, or at the door on the day of the program.
For much more information on the program, you can contact either Rodriguez or Angel Torres by calling 210-467-6575.