About Classes

Water University offers over 20 classes for the general public as well as numerous professional courses related to water conservation and water use efficiency.  A listing of classes being offered for 2017 is listed below.  If you would like to schedule one of the classes in your area please contact us at urbanwater@tamu.edu.

Water Efficient Landscape Design

Are you on a budget, but your landscape needs a facelift? Transform your landscape into a water efficient landscape. Come and learn basic design principles, plant placement, and hardscape so you can ‘do it yourself ’.

Water Efficient Landscape Plants & Maintenance

Now that you have been to the “Design” portion, learn to install and maintain your water efficient landscape design. Learn proper soil preparation, plant installation, hardscape installation and the maintenance of your landscape or garden.

Native & Adaptive Plants for North Texas

Are you a “Native Texan” or a transplant? Plants are native or transplants too!! This program covers a large selection of minimal water use plants that are native and adaptive, ideal for a sustainable land­scape or garden. You will learn proper soil prepara­tion, proper planting, and native and adaptive plant selection. Plant list provided.

Landscape & Tree Maintenance

Wondering when to prune your trees and orna­mental grasses? Should you mulch in the spring, fall or both? Learn the right time to maintain your landscape and trees to ensure the health, produc­tion and aesthetics.

Trees for North Texas

Has the drought caused havoc on your trees? Trees are an important investment to your property. They give you energy savings in your home or business, water savings in your landscape, and value to the resale of your property. Selecting the right tree and planting it properly helps improve the sustainabil­ity of your home or business landscape. This pro­gram teaches proper tree selection and planting for North Texas, as well as proper watering, pruning, common insect issues and diseases. Tree list pro­vided.

On the Wild Side: Gardening for Wildlife

Native and Adaptive plants are not only beautiful water efficient additions to your landscape, but they can be useful tools to attract beneficial wildlife as well. Learn ways to attract and provide urban hab­itat for butterflies, song birds, hummingbirds, bees, and other animals that bring your landscape to life with activity! If you like to keep your landscape well-manicured, take a more naturalistic approach, or even have an interest in native perennials, wild­flower gardens, and/or rain gardens come on out!

Small Space Gardening

Looking to add a little color or texture to your front entry or back patio? Container gardens can be a great way to give a little curb appeal or jazz up a back patio. This program teaches how to prepare and install a container garden. You will learn how to prepare the container, prepare the soil, and install a well-planned mix of annuals, perennials, and other colorful foliage plants. (This class can be modified to be a hands-on “DIY” class. Class fee for hands on is $200, which includes materials and is limited to 30 attendees)

Lawn Care Maintenance

Is the green in your lawn weeds or grass? Do you have brown circles in your yard? Proper lawn care maintenance is a key component to a healthy lawn. This program covers basic lawn maintenance prac­tices and selecting the right turf grass to improve the health and longevity of your landscape. You will learn how to maintain your landscape using less water, fertilizers, and pesticides.

Selecting the Perfect Turfgrass

Need tuff turf? Choosing the right turf and prop­er lawn care maintenance is a key component to a healthy lawn. This program covers basic lawn maintenance practices and selecting the right turf grass to improve the health and longevity of your landscape. You will learn how to maintain your landscape using less water, fertilizer, and pesticides.

Saving from a Rainy Day, Making a Rain Barrel

Does your rain just run off? Divert it, save it, use it!! Come learn the basics and benefits of rainwater har­vesting and the effects stormwater has on the envi­ronment. Participants will learn how to collect and utilize rainwater at home and have the opportunity to construct their very own 55 gallon rain barrel. (This class is hands on “DIY” and each participant can take home a barrel(s) at $50 dollars each.)

Rain Water Harvesting-Large System

Is 55 gallons not enough for you? Think “Big Tank” and save on your water bill!!! This program covers design, construction, maintenance and benefits of a large rainwater collection system. Participants will learn how to calculate rainwater capture, design an above or below ground collection system and uti­lize rainwater using large tank systems for home or business applications. This program will also cover installing drip irrigation. (This class can be modi­fied to be a hands-on “DIY” installation for a tank demo. Class fee + cost of materials for tank install and limited to 30 attendees)

Rain Gardens

Standing water or erosion a problem in your land­scape? A rain garden may be your answer! Rain gar­dens are shallow depressions in the landscape that collect rainwater. With the broad array of appealing grasses, flowering plants, and natural stone you can incorporate a rain garden into your landscape with ease. Homeowners and businesses will learn how to design, construct, and maintain a rain garden. With proper plant selection and design a rain garden will retain and treat rain water. Plant list provided. (This class can be modified to be a hands-on “DIY” instal­lation for a demo garden. Class fee + cost of materi­als for install and limited to 30 attendees)

Drip Irrigation DIY

Water slower, deeper and more efficient with every drop. Convert your spray heads and watch your sprinkler system save you money from our hands on drip conversion class. You will learn how to install drip irrigation tubing from your faucet or how to convert an existing zone to drip. Drip irrigation is the most efficient irrigation method and essential to sustainable landscapes. Drip irrigation for foundation watering will also be covered. (This class can be modified to be a hands-on “DIY” class. Class fee for hands on is $200, which includes materials and is limited to 30 attendees)

Water Efficient Irrigation

Is your sprinkler system turning on the wrong day? Do you have a leak or broken head? Did your city give you a warning? Learn how to make very basic hands on repairs & maintenance to home automatic sprinkler systems, how your sprinkler system operates and its components as well as how to program and reprogram your sprinkler controller utilizing the best and most efficient ways to water your landscape like, the soak and cycle method and other water efficiency practices.

A properly functioning sprinkler system saves you time, money, and water! (This class can be modified to be a hands-on DIY class. Class fee for hands on is $200, which includes materials and is limited to 30 attendees)

Vegetable Gardening

Know where your food comes from by grow­ing your own vegetables. Learn proper soil preparation, garden design, disease and insect identification, and the proper time to germi­nate vegetable seeds and/or when to transplant vegetables into your garden for the season. (This class can be modified to be a hands-on “DIY” installation for a demo garden. Class fee for hands on is $100 + cost of materials and is limited to 30 attendees)

The Edible Landscape

Why water and mow what you can’t eat? Utiliz­ing areas in your landscape to grow edibles is a way to add food on your table and reduce your grocery bill. This program teaches you how to incorporate edible plants into your home gar­den and landscape. You will learn how herbs, fruits and vegetables can add to the colors and textures of your permanent landscape combin­ing both aesthetics’ and functionality.

Fruits Nuts and Berries

Whether you’re trying to grow (or planning to grow) fruits, nuts and or berries at home for their superior flavor, to save money, or just want to know where your food comes from, this class is for you! This program teaches how to become more water efficient in your "urban orchard", what plants and varieties work best in our area, the basics of pest control, proper pruning meth­ods and other practical ways to increase pro­duction.

The Urban Harvest: Foraging in the City

You can eat that?  The city is full of food ripe for the picking. Learn how to identify (and le­gally acquire) more traditional foods like edible fruits, nuts, and naturalized vegetables, as well as wild edibles, edible flowers and even edible weeds that are well adapted to our extreme climate and commonly found in North Texas neighborhoods. Bring a hat, a camera, and wear your walking shoes!

Composting

Is your trash can full at the end of the week? Did you know that you can reduce the waste carried to landfills by composting more and throwing away less? This program teaches the compost­ing process, the different types and methods of composting, as well as how to compost and its importance.

Seed Saving for Water Efficiency

Many native or adapted perennial plants and wildflowers can be propagated by seed relatively easily. Learn the basic challenges and rewards of seed saving including seed selection, harvesting strategies, germination and or dormancy re­quirements as well as planting times and tech­niques for successful reproduction of some of our favorite water efficient plants!

Professional Classes

Water Efficient Landscape Identification for Code Enforcement Officers

What’s a weed and what’s a native plant? What is the most current Irrigation Technologies?

This program will help aid the Code Enforcement Officer in identifying the difference in weeds and plants that are commonly mistaken for weeds, but are in fact water efficient native and adaptive plants. The program also covers efficient irrigation like drip Irrigation, Rainwater Harvesting, Lawn Care during drought and/or water restrictions, Foundation Watering, Tree Watering, and Irrigation Scheduling. These best management practices help code enforcement identify the abuse of landscape irrigation.

Understanding Plant Water Needs for an Efficient Irrigation System

Have you thought of the water demand for the plants being installed? Based on the Irrigation Association BMP’s, this program will help aid the Landscape Irrigation Professional in reaching the next level of water efficiency when planning an irrigation system.

Rainwater Harvesting, Getting off the Grid, an Alternate Water Source for your Customers Landscape Needs

Are water restrictions and water prices for your customers becoming a concern? Are the plants not performing as well as expected? This program will give you an understanding of rainwater harvesting for Landscape Water Efficiency and its benefits. It will also teach you the basic principles for Rainwater Harvesting in the landscape.

Keeping it Safe in Park and Rec, Water Efficient Turf Management

Do you have high traffic playing fields? Is your irrigation system out of date, broken or in need of a check-up? This program will show you and your staff efficient methods to keep your field’s safe and looking good.

Water Efficient Property Management

This program will give property managers techniques on implementing Indoor and Outdoor Water Conservation, Drip Irrigation, New Water Conserving Technologies, Cycle and Soak, Lawn Care during drought or water restrictions, Proper Plant Selection, Foundation Watering, Tree Watering, and Irrigation Scheduling are subjects to be discussed.

Smart Watering During Restrictions

Watering restrictions burning you up? Get smarter with your watering habits. This program will give a general overview on Drip Irrigation, New Water Conserving Technologies, Cycle and Soak, Lawn Care during drought, Foundation Watering, Tree Watering, Irrigation Scheduling, and Rainwater Harvesting.

Planning for Your Water Future, A Guide for Water Efficient Landscape and Irrigation Methods in Your Ordinances

Does your Landscape & Irrigation Ordinance need any overhaul? Look at changing the plant pallet in your community to a more Water Efficient one for the future. Update your Irrigation and Landscape Ordinance to be more efficient. This program will provide you and your staff with an understanding of Native & Adaptive Plants and their benefits along with efficient Irrigation Strategies to meet the ever-growing water demands for our area. Plant list provided.

“Get in the Know” - New Landscape Rules & Regs for HOAs

Are the new rules and regs stumping you? Need assistance with a new plant list and or a sample covenant to comply? Get in the know at this class on understanding the new legislation and what that means for your HOA.

Rain Water Harvesting-Large System

Think “Big Tank” and help save on your customer’s water bill!!! This program covers design, construction, maintenance and benefits of a large rainwater collection system. Participants will learn how to calculate rainwater capture, design an above or below ground collection system and utilize rainwater using large tank systems for home or business applications. This program will also cover installing drip irrigation. (3 hr. class)

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