The landscape is a very important part of a home - it increases property value, and also provides enjoyment and beauty.  A good landscape can be functional, attractive, and match the interests of the owner - but unfortunately, many landscapes have suffered damage from the harsh drought and heat we have experienced in recent years.

Texas Agrilife Extension Service is providing a Landscape School this fall to help homeowners get back on track with a healthy, good-looking landscape that can survive the drought.

Our annual Earth-Kind Landscape Design School will be held September 16th, 17th, 23rd  and 24th, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.  This year’s course will put special emphasis on “Drought Survival & Recovery,” and cover topics such as plant selection, soil preparation, turfgrass establishment, irrigation efficiency, tree care, and water conservation.    

The school includes 4 distinct classes, plus a 30-minute private landscape consultation to assist with design or plant material questions.  Tuition, which includes all materials necessary for the course is $65.00 per household.  Only one set of materials will be given per registration, but spouses are welcome to attend.

County Horticulture Agent Allison Watkins will instruct the first two class, and Dr. Steve George, Extension Horticulture Specialist from Dallas, will teach the design portion of the school during the last two classes.  This landscape design school will be helpful for both new home-sites and those wishing to improve existing landscapes.

The class will take place at the Tom Green 4-H Center, located at 3168 N US Highway 67 (next door to the Animal Shelter), and individual consultations will be done at the Tom Green County Extension Office - 113 W. Beauregard (second floor).  To enroll, or for more information contact the Tom Green County Extension office at 659-6528.  The deadline to register is September 12th.