Rainwater harvesting, turf management training June 20 in Kyle

A Healthy Lawn Healthy Waters program will be held June 20 in Kyle. (Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo by Dr. Milt Engelke)

KYLE — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program will host a residential rainwater harvesting and turf management training June 20 in Kyle.

The free program will be from 1-5 p.m. at the Kyle Fire Department Station No.1, 210 W. Moore St. It is offered in collaboration with the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership.

Seating is limited so attendees are requested to RSVP online at http://bit.ly/2VEHLRs or contact John Smith, AgriLife Extension program specialist, College Station, at johnwsmith@tamu.edu or 979-845-2761.

The Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program aims to improve and protect surface water quality by enhancing awareness and knowledge of best management practices for residential landscapes, Smith said.

Dr. Becky Grubbs, AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialist, College Station, said attendees will learn about the design and installation of residential rainwater harvesting systems as well as appropriate turf and landscape species based on local conditions and other practices.

“Management practices such as using irrigation delivery equipment, interpreting soil test results and understanding nutrient applications can help reduce runoff and make efficient use of applied landscape irrigation water,” Grubbs said.

Rainwater harvesting will be one of the topics addressed at the HLHW program in Kyle. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

Dr. Diane Boellstorff, AgriLife Extension specialist, College Station, said proper fertilizer application and efficient water irrigation can protect and improve water quality in area creeks and collecting rainwater for lawn and landscape needs reduces stormwater runoff.

Participants can have their soil tested as part of the training. The soil sample bag and analysis are free to Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program participants.

Residents can pick up a soil sample bag with sampling instructions at the AgriLife Extension offices in Caldwell County, 1403 Blackjack St. Suite B, in Lockhart, or in Hays County at 200 Stillwater Road, Wimberley.

Bags containing residents’ soil samples may be brought to the training.

Samples will be delivered to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Soil, Water and Forage Testing Lab in College Station for routine analysis, including pH, conductivity, nitrate-nitrogen and other parameters.

The training will include information on how to understand soil test results and nutrient recommendations so residents can interpret results once the analysis is mailed to them.

Additionally, Stephen Risinger, watershed coordinator for Plum Creek Watershed, will discuss updates on watershed protection plan activities to improve and protect water quality in Plum Creek.

For more information about the Plum Creek Watershed Protection Plan, go to https://bit.ly/2QtpZ2M.

Funding for the Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program is provided in part through Clean Water Act grants from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The project is managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.

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Contact: John Smith, 979-845-2761, johnwsmith@tamu.edu

Dr. Becky Grubbs, 979-845-3041, bgrubbs@tamu.edu

Dr. Diane Boellstorff, 979-458-3562, dboellstorff@tamu.edu

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