Spring is in the air and the sun is back! What better time to get back out in the flower beds and gardens?
On Friday, March 2, 2018, Post Oak Savannah GCD teamed up with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and EarthKind to host a full day of hands-on learning. Sixteen people participated in the Landscape and Irrigation workshop to learn how to design and install plants and irrigation.
Tim Hartmann, Texas A&M AgriLife Program Specialist, led the workshop. He showed participants which native and adapted plants do the best in this area and how to design landscapes.
Hartmann said to look at structures that are already there that will change light and weather patterns. It’s important to note what areas get more sun and how the shade moves throughout the day.
He also said that native plants are great because they are more drought-tolerant, disease- and pest-resistant, and promote native wildlife. Non-native plants that are well adapted can enhance the plant palette as well, though.
After learning about the varieties of plants, the class moved outside to get their hands in the dirt. Hartmann walked through the plant installation process and showed everyone how to space and cover plants.
Drip irrigation was installed shortly after. Drip irrigation is a great way to slowly water plants — it is 90% efficient with less evaporation and runoff than other watering methods.
Thank you to everyone that came to the workshop and helped plant the lovely landscape at the POSGCD office!
Check out the images from Friday below!