Emphasizing that water conservation should be top-of-mind all year long, the City of Celina is partnering with the Upper Trinity Regional Water District and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in presenting a seminar on designing and planting durable and robust landscapes suitable for the local area.
The lecture and question-and-answer session is set for Monday, November 18 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the Celina Senior Center, 140 N. Ohio St. There is a limit to the number of attendees, and interested individuals must reserve a seat by visiting https://wateruniversity.tamu.edu/events/2019/november-18-2019-ulandscapeit-water-efficient-landscape-design-celina/ and filling out the form.
Instructors are associated with the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas. The center is staffed by professionals in ecology, water use and conservation, soil composition and remediation, native and drought-tolerant plants and trees, along with a wide variety of nature-based topics, specific to the North Texas area.
Among the subjects to be covered during the two-hour session are: the best plants to choose for the Celina climate and soils; how residents can improve their soils and flowerbeds; when and how to irrigate efficiently and effectively; and how to use the AgriLife U-landscape-it design tool, a do-it-yourself, step-by-step method for creating lasting and pleasing home landscapes specific to each home. The U-landscape-it tool, along with much more very useful relevant information, is available at https://wateruniversity.tamu.edu/.
Planting native and adaptive plants allows homeowners the ability to significantly reduce the amount of water for irrigation, saving money on a household’s largest water use during the summer, and as an added bonus, native plants often attract pollinating birds and insects like butterflies and hummingbirds.
While planting season is still a few months away, the information gained during the seminar can help homeowners get ready by providing ideas and suggestions not only for the overall design of a landscaping project, but also for which specific plants to choose.