Earth-Kind landscaping program slated for April 17 in Bandera

Program will focus on plant selection, water conservation

BANDERA — An “Earth-Kind Water Conservation and Plant Selection” program will be presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service from 6:30-8 p.m. April 17 at the Mansfield Park Recreation Center.

The center is located at 2886 Highway 16 North in Bandera.

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An Earth-Kind landscaping program emphasizing plant selection and water conservation will be held April 17 in Bandera. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo courtesy of Keith Hansen.)

“Earth-Kind landscape principles involve using research-proven techniques to protect natural resources and the environment,” said Sam Womble, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources in Bandera County. “In most instances, a blend of organic as well as traditional gardening and landscaping practices is implemented.”

He said Earth-Kind landscaping encourages water conservation, reduction of fertilizer and pesticide use, energy conservation and reduction of wastes entering landfills.

Earth-Kind is a proprietary trademark of AgriLife Extension, part of the Texas A&M University System, and is one of the most prestigious plant designations bestowed by the agency, according to AgriLife Extension marketing materials.

The program will be presented by Dr. Larry Stein, AgriLife Extension horticulturist from Uvalde. Stein will discuss design and plant selection using Texas Superstar varieties, as well as irrigation, mulching and fertilization considerations.

One-half a Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education unit in the category of integrated pest management is available to attendees completing the program.

Registration is $10 per person, and includes program materials and refreshments.

To register, contact the AgriLife Extension office in Bandera County at 830-796-7755 by April 11.

For more information about this and other upcoming educational programs in Bandera County, go to http://bandera.agrilife.org

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