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. 9 • 9 a.m. to noon
Historic Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road
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 2, 2019 and save up to 80% on the cost of a Smart Irrigation Controller!


Color Your World

Saturday, Feb. 23 • 9 a.m. to noon 
Historic Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road
Instructor-Cathy Rymer

It can be challenging to garden and landscape here in the Sonoran Desert. The rules are different and the plants you grew “back home” just aren’t happy here.  Learn how to use desert-adapted plants that are “happy” in our heavy, alkaline soil to design a colorful and fragrant extension of your living space.


Right Plant, Right Place

Saturday, March 2 • 9 a.m. to noon 
Historic Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road
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.


DIY Drip Irrigation System Design & Installation

Saturday, March 9 • 9 a.m. to noon 
Historic Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road
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. Learn techniques for 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 16 • 9 a.m. to noon 
Historic Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road
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 23 • 9 a.m. to noon 
Historic Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road
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. 


Pruning 101

Saturday, Aug. 24 • 9 a.m. to noon 
Historic Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road
Instructor- Cathy Rymer

Trees and shrubs are the most important living elements of your landscape.  Join an ISA certified arborist for this introductory presentation to learn the basics of pruning to keep your investments healthy, functional and looking great.  You will learn the art and science of good pruning, including how to prune young trees for good structure, the five types of pruning and when to use them, as well as how to avoid the two worst pruning mistakes.  You will leave this program ready to prune your own trees and shrubs with confidence and effectiveness.


Soil Building

Saturday, Sept. 7 • 9- 11 a.m.
Historic Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road
Instructor-Don Titmus

Soil building brings life back into soil that has been destroyed over the years. You will learn how to increase carbon stability, air and water flow and feed the soil using various methods to revitalize your soil.

 

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