Native plant landscaping class set Aug. 27 in Edinburg

New guide for drought tolerant plants in South Texas to be published soon

EDINBURG  –  A class on the use of native plants in landscaping will be presented Aug. 27 by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at their Hidalgo County office at 410 N. 13th Ave. in Edinburg.

Reducing the amount of turfgrass with flower beds can reduce the amount of water used in a landscape. (AgriLife Extension photo by Barbara Storz)

Reducing the amount of turfgrass with flower beds can reduce the amount of water used in a landscape. (AgriLife Extension photo by Barbara Storz)

“Landscaping with Native Plants,” will be held from 6-7:30 p.m., according to Barbara Storz, the AgriLife Extension horticulturist for Hidalgo County who will teach the no-cost class.

“I think people will be pleasantly surprised by the number of flowering native shrubs and the variety of trees that are well-adapted to the extremes in South Texas weather patterns,” she said.

Among the topics to be discussed will be a new guide on plants suited to South Texas drought conditions.

“This guide will be published on the Internet soon,” she said. “It will provide excellent information on native plants that are usually best able to adjust to drought conditions. We’ll also discuss adjusting automatic irrigation systems and how easily native plants adapt to less water.”

Altering gardening methods to better adapt to drought conditions will also be discussed.

“When restrictions get very tight on water, it’s important to remember that we can use 3 to 4inches of wood mulch, employ drip irrigation in our flower and shrub beds, and use weed cloth or some barrier to ensure that our landscape plants are not competing with weeds for water.”

Seating is limited, so preregistration is advised, Storz said.

To preregister or for more information, call 956-383-1026 or email Storz at b-storz@tamu.edu .

 

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