2019 Outdoor Water Conservation Classes

In order to ensure Edmond maintains a healthy supply of water for the future, the City of Edmond Water Resources Department has partnered with the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Cooperative Extension Service to develop educational outreach to our residents promoting outdoor water conservation. Beginning in April, a series of FREE classes on various outdoor water conservation topics will be available to Edmond water customers. These classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Downtown Community Center (28 E. Main) in room 207.


Rainwater harvesting
Tuesday, April 16
10am
Rainwater can be collected and stored for watering plants in the garden. This class will cover how to properly size and install a rain barrel to collect water from your roof. We will also discuss how to increase the storage capacity of an existing system.


Drought resistant plants for Oklahoma
Thursday, May 16
3pm
Drought resistant does not mean desert landscape! Oklahoma native and well-adapted plants that require minimal or no supplemental watering will be discussed. Come see some of the beautiful, drought resistant plants that thrive in Oklahoma.


Turfgrass maintenance and irrigation
Thursday, June 13
12pm
When should you fertilize? How much water does your turfgrass need? How long should you cut your grass? These questions and more will be answered.


Home Irrigation Checkup
Tuesday, July 9
10am
Smart Irrigation Month is an initiative to promote outdoor water use efficiency during peak summer demand. Outdoor water use makes up about 30% of overall water use in the United States, and up to 50% of this water is wasted. During this workshop you will learn how to complete a simple home irrigation checkup to ensure your system is functioning efficiently.


Smart Irrigation Technology
Thursday, July 18
3pm
Smart irrigation technology can help homeowners to apply the right amount of water to their landscape and maximize system efficiency. The workshop will discuss smart irrigation controllers, soil moisture sensors, rain/freeze sensors, and pressure reducing spray heads.


Dealing with Difficult Shady Areas
Thursday, August 15
10am
Shady areas can make it difficult to grow a healthy lawn, but there are many ways to find success in the shade. Common problems and solutions will be addressed, as well as alternatives to traditional turfgrass.


Composting
Tuesday, September 17
3pm
Compost is a natural, dark brown, humus-rich material formed from the decomposition or breakdown of organic materials such as leaves, grass clippings, and vegetable food scraps. Composting reduces the flow of material to the landfill and provides an excellent source of nutrients for your garden. Procedures for composting will be discussed, along with options for establishing a compost container, bin, or pile.


If you have any questions about any of these classes, please contact Jennifer Boaz at 405-359-7775