AgriLife Extension grounds maintenance workshop set Sept. 6 in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO –The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present its “Grounds Maintenance Workshop,” from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition dairy parlor, 3201 East Houston St., San Antonio.

Registration will be from 8:30-9 a.m. The workshop is part of the Texas Water Star Program, which focuses on water conservation.

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A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service grounds maintenance workshop for landscape professionals and others will be held Sept. 6 at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition dairy parlor in San Antonio. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension photo)

“This workshop has been designed for professional groundskeepers, turfgrass and landscape managers, and other service providers in urban areas,” said David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension agent for horticulture, Bexar County. “But interested members of the general public are invited and can benefit as well.”

Rodriguez said the workshop would address “five major solutions” to the issue of urban water conservation as it applies to grounds maintenance: efficient irrigation systems, irrigation evaluation and auditing, plant selection, best management practices, and proper fertilizer and pesticide application.

“This is one of many Texas Water Star programs we will present, the focus of which is how to optimize water use, particularly in urban areas,” he said.

Presenters and their topics will include:

— Dr. Casey Reynolds, AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialist, College Station. Reynolds will speak on commercial lawn maintenance, and turfgrass nutrition and weed control.

– Molly Keck, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management program specialist, San Antonio. Keck will address turfgrass pest management.

– Dr. Kevin Ong, AgriLife Extension plant pathologist and director of the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, College Station. Ong will address taking plant samples for analysis and identifying turfgrass diseases.

–  Charles Swanson, AgriLife Extension program specialist, biological and agricultural engineering, College Station. Swanson will speak about tools for irrigation water management, “smart” turfgrass  irrigation and irrigation scheduling tools.

“This will be a comprehensive daylong workshop and those attending will get a lot of useful information covering the major aspects of groundskeeping water use and conservation,” Rodriguez said.

Registration is $40 in advance and $50 at the door.  The RSVP deadline for the program is noon on Sept. 3. To RSVP and register, contact Angel Torres at 210-467-6575.

Checks and money orders should be made payable to “Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service,” and mailed to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Attn: Angel Torres, 3355 Cherry Ridge Dr. Suite 212, San Antonio, Texas, 78230-4818.

For more information on the workshop, call Rodriguez at 210-467-6575.

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