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City of Edmond, OSU host free outdoor water conservation classes

EDMOND — The city of Edmond Water Resources Department is partnering with the Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service for a second year of educational outreach to Edmond residents to promote outdoor water conservation.

A series of free classes on various outdoor water conservation topics will begin this month and be available to Edmond water customers.

The following classes are being held at varying times of day and locations throughout Edmond for easier access to more residents:

Step Into Spring: 2 or 6 p.m. March 10 at Coffee Creek Water Resource Recovery Facility, Training Room, 1600 N Midwest Blvd. Workshop will help participants get a head start preparing for spring landscaping and gardening. The workshop will focus on plant selection and establishment, irrigation tips and tricks, pruning techniques, spring vegetable gardening and more.

Made in the Shade: 9 a.m. April 9 at Fire Station 5, Classroom A, 5300 E Covell. Common problems of growing a healthy lawn in the shade and solutions will be addressed, as well as alternatives to traditional turfgrass. An introductory course was held last fall. This class will serve as a more thorough overview of dealing with shady areas in the yard.

Water Efficient Plants: 9 a.m. May 2 at Coffee Creek Water Resource Recovery Facility, Training Room, 1600 N Midwest Blvd. Workshop participants can learn how to select and grow more water-efficient plants for their landscapes. Oklahoma native and well-adapted plants that require minimal or no supplemental watering will be discussed.

Successful Landscaping in the Summer: 2 or 6 p.m. June 16 at Edmond Downtown Community Center, auditorium, 28 E Main St. This workshop will cover proper irrigation, plant care and landscape maintenance tips for summer success.

Smart Irrigation & Smart Meters for Edmond Residents: 9 a.m July 16 at Coffee Creek Water Resource Recovery Facility, Training Room, 1600 N Midwest Blvd. July is Smart Irrigation Month, an initiative to promote outdoor water use efficiency during peak summer demand. The workshop will discuss smart irrigation controllers, soil moisture sensors, rain/freeze sensors and pressure-reducing spray heads. Also, an update on smart metering for the City of Edmond will be provided.

Fall Weed Management: 2 or 6 p.m. Aug. 25 at Edmond Downtown Community Center, auditorium, 28 E Main St. Late summer to early fall is a good time to think about control and prevention of those winter and spring weeds. Herbicide treatments and non-chemical control strategies to control and prevent winter and spring weeds will be discussed. In addition, a discussion of organic or natural products will be presented.

Advanced Composting for the Homeowner: 2 or 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at Edmond Downtown Community Center, Room 207, 28 E Main St. Procedures for composting will be discussed, along with options for establishing a compost container, bin or pile. An introductory course was presented last fall. This class will serve as a more thorough overview of composting for the homeowner.

To register for any of the workshops, go to http://edmondwater.com/classes.

For questions, contact Jennifer Boaz at 405-216-7775 or Jennifer.boaz@edmondok.com. For more resources, go to http://edmondwater.com.

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