Water-Smart Workshop Series

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The Town of Queen Creek offers free workshops and classes to help you reduce your water use. All workshops/classes are free of charge to Town of Queen Creek utility customers, but advanced registration is required as space is limited. For more information, please call the Water Conservation Office at 480-358-3455 or email connie.speelman@queencreek.org.


"SMART" IRRIGATION CONTROLLERS
Saturday, Feb. 3

9 a.m.-noon | Historic Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Rd.
Instructor: Jeff Lee 

How smart is your irrigation controller? Chances are the answer is not too smart. A new generation of products are available that will automatically adjust your irrigation schedule based on actual site and weather conditions. These controllers can prevent irrigation when it rains, apply more water to your landscape during unexpected hot and dry spells, and automatically adjust watering to reduce runoff from slopes. Learn how this new technology can help save up to 30% on your landscape watering. 

There are many different brands and models of these new smart controllers and choosing the right one can be confusing. This class will show you how the different models work and how they are set up so you can feel confident you'll choose the best one for your landscape needs. Get ready to ask your questions!

Save the Date for the Salt River Project Water Expo on March 3, 2018 and save up to 80% on the cost of a Smart Irrigation Controller!


DO IT YOURSELF DRIP IRRIGATION SYSTEM DESIGN & INSTALLATION
Saturday, Feb. 17

9 a.m.-noon | Historic Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Rd.
Instructor: Jeff Lee

If you are thinking about putting in a new drip irrigation system or modifying an existing one, this class can help you learn what to look for and the questions to ask before you make the investment. You'll gain hands-on practice with cutting pipe, inserting emitters, and connecting parts and pieces. Whether you plan on doing it yourself or hiring a professional, this class will boost your knowledge of what goes into designing and installing a drip irrigation system. 


The ABCs of Landscape Watering
Saturday, March 10

9 a.m.-noon | Historic Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Rd.
Instructor: Jeff Lee

Let’s face it—that little plastic box on the side of your house that controls the watering of your yard can be intimidating! However, it is important to know how to work your irrigation controller because outdoor watering is often the largest water use for a household. This class will teach you how to properly water the plants and grass in your yard. You will also get hands-on experience by learning how to program an actual controller in class. Take what you learn and apply it to your yard for a healthier-looking and more water efficient landscape.

 


Irrigation Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Repair
Saturday, March 17

9 a.m.-noon | Historic Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Rd.
Instructor: Jeff Lee

Any time is a great time to check for leaks in your irrigation system, but most importantly when the heat of the summer hits and you are running your landscape watering systems more often.  If your system is giving you trouble and you don’t know why, this class will teach you not only how to locate your problems but also how to fix them! Whether you have sprinklers, bubblers, or drip, we’ll equip you with the knowledge and confidence to make repairs to your irrigation system. 


Landscaping for Small Spaces
Saturday – May 19

9:00 a.m. - noon | Historic Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Rd.
Instructor: Kirti Mathura

Are you working with a limited space?  Learn how to create an exciting landscape with interesting, yet size-appropriate, plants for those small areas and how to maximize the effect with smart hardscape features.



Saving Your Trees from Monsoon Damage
Saturday, June 23

9:00 a.m. - noon | Historic Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Rd.
Instructor: Cathy Rymer (ISA certified Arborist)

Just in time for monsoon season, this presentation will show you how to avoid common mistakes that contribute to tree failure in storms. You will learn the art and science of good pruning, how to keep your investments healthy, functional and looking great, and when to find a professional when needed.


 

Waterwise Gardening Made Easy
Saturday, Aug. 11

9:00 a.m. - noon | Historic Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Rd.
Instructor: Cathy Rymer (ISA certified Arborist)

Take advantage of this timely workshop to get your garden growing in our unique desert environment. You’ll discover the importance and details of soil preparation and how to overcome the challenges of our environment. Taught by a Master Gardener, you’ll learn how to select, plant and care for vegetables / herbs / fruits and citrus for a bountiful harvest. 

 


Right Plant, Right Place
Saturday, Aug. 25

9 a.m.-noon | Historic Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Rd.
Instructor: Ron Dinchak

Some plants do better in our desert environment than others. To keep your yard looking its best, learn how to select and care for plants that thrive well in our desert conditions.


The Dirt on Compost
Saturday, Oct. 20

9 a.m.-noon | Historic Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Rd.
Instructor: Kirti Mathura

Learn the basics of backyard composting.  Compost is the “black gold” essential to successful gardening with many herbs and vegetables.  Discover how easy it is to produce your own magical soil amendment and save space in our landfills.  Compost is also the perfect top-mulch to use around landscape plants.

 

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