Drought Landscaping Workshop in San Angelo on June 16

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Master Gardeners will present a workshop on drought landscaping and water conservation on June 16 in San Angelo.

With drought landscaping, water consumption is reduced and less time is needed for maintenance. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Jeff Floyd)

The free event will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension office in San Angelo, 113 W. Beauregard Ave.

Prior registration is required at https://tx.ag/CVDroughtReg.

Allison Watkins, AgriLife Extension Horticulturist for Concho Valley, and Kay Thompson, Master Gardener of Concho Valley, San Angelo, will speak at the event.

The event will cover rainwater harvesting, landscaping practices for drought survival and water conservation.

“Even after the much-needed rainfall we finally received in May, the Concho Valley is still experiencing varying degrees of drought, from ‘severe’ to ‘exceptional,'” Watkins said. “We’re going to focus on what to do now to help plants get through the summer heat after a dry spring, as well as what to do year-round to get plants into the landscape. have deeper roots and be more drought tolerant when needed.”

Coping with the drought

Watkins said planting things that are tough and able to handle heat, combined with efficient irrigation that minimizes evaporation while making the most of applied water, can help plants weather a drought.

“It’s been a very daunting year for home gardeners and landscapers – the early heat and general lack of rainfall make water conservation more important than ever,” Watkins said.

Thompson will cover rainwater harvesting, a key tool in water conservation efforts.

Rainwater harvesting makes efficient use of a valuable resource, reduces flooding, erosion and contamination of surface waters by sediment, fertilizers and pesticides from rainfall runoff.

“Rainwater is also very good for plants because it’s free of salts and other minerals that harm root growth,” Watkins said.

She said that when rainwater seeps into the soil, it forces salts away from the root zones of plants, allowing roots to grow better and thus making plants more drought resistant.

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