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Don’t sacrifice a green yard for a green wallet this year.
The Fort Worth Water Department and the Texas Agrilife Extension Service are working together to offer nine free seminars to show how residents can maintain a lawn without breaking the bank.
“You can still have your full green and luscious yard and vegetables and everything with just reducing and paying attention [to] how you use your water,” said Hilda Zuniga, the public education specialist for the Fort Worth Water Department.
This is the fourth year for the seminars.
According to the water department website, residents will learn how to maintain landscapes, perform irrigation check-ups and discover why drip irrigation is most efficient.
The water-saving techniques will also give residents information they can use to lower their water bill.
Zuniga said the amount of money a resident saves is dependent upon the cost of water and whether the resident uses all of the water-saving techniques.
“It really depends on how people put into practice everything that they have learned,” Zuniga said.
The seminars will be held once a month beginning March 3 and continuing through November.
Each month the focus will be on a different way to reduce water use.
The March 3 seminar will focus on growing fruits, nuts and berries. Residents can learn how to be water efficient while growing their own “urban orchard,” according to the water department website.
The seminars will focus on Texas, including native plants that require less water, Zuniga said.
Seminars are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Iris Room at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.
To attend a seminar, residents must register online.
Registration is free and open to the public, but is limited. If registration for a seminar is full, residents can call Zuniga at 817.392.6565 for additional seating.
The seminars held each week will vary in focus. Although the main goal of each will be to show residents how to use less water.
The seminars held each week will vary in focus. Although the main goal of each will be to show residents how to use less water.