Residential Rainwater Harvesting, Healthy Lawn Training Being Offered In February

Residential Rainwater Harvesting, Healthy Lawn Training Being Offered In February

Staff Report

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program is hosting a residential rainwater harvesting and turf management training Feb. 7 in Wimberley.

The Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program aims to improve and protect surface water quality by enhancing awareness and knowledge of best management practices for residential landscapes, Smith said.

Dr. Becky Grubbs, AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialist, College Station, said attendees will learn about the design and installation of residential rainwater harvesting systems, appropriate turf and landscape species based on local conditions and other practices.

“Management practices such as using irrigation delivery equipment, interpreting soil test results and understanding nutrient applications can help reduce runoff and make efficient use of applied landscape irrigation water,” Grubbs said.

Dr. Diane Boellstorff, AgriLife Extension water resource specialist in the soil and crop sciences department, College Station, said proper fertilizer application and efficient water irrigation can protect and improve water quality in area creeks and collecting rainwater for lawn and landscape needs reduces stormwater runoff.

Reagan Hejl, research associate in the soil and crop sciences department, College Station, said participants can have their soil tested as part of the training. The soil sample bag and analysis are free to Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program participants.

Residents can pick up a soil sample bag with sampling instructions at the AgriLife Extension office in Hays County, 200 Stillwater Road in Wimberley. Bags containing residents’ soil samples may be brought to the training.

Hejl said soil samples will be delivered to the AgriLife Extension Soil, Water and Forage Testing Lab in College Station for routine analysis, including pH, conductivity, nitrate-nitrogen and other parameters. He said the training will include information on how to understand soil test results and nutrient recommendations so residents can interpret results once the analysis is mailed to them.

Nick Dornak, watershed coordinator for Cypress Creek Watershed, will discuss updates on watershed protection plan activities to improve and protect water quality in Cypress Creek.

For more information about the Cypress Creek Watershed Protection Plan, go to www.cypress creekproject.net/watershed-committee/.

This is a free training event being offered in collaboration with the Cypress Creek Watershed Partnership and will be held from 1-5 PM at the Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Ranch Road 12.

Seating is limited. Attendees are requested to RSVP online at https://hlhw.tamu.edu/workshops/2019/feb-7-wimberley/ or to contact John Smith, AgriLife Extension program specialist, College Station, at johnwsmith@tamu.edu or 979-845-2761.

Funding for the Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program is provided in part through Clean Water Act 319 grants from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The project is managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.


 

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