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Free Landscaping and Irrigation Workshops

Up to 70 percent of your water use is outdoors! These workshops are designed to help residents learn how to use water more efficiently and still have a lush, beautiful looking yard. 
All workshops/classes are free of charge to Chandler utility customers, but advanced registration is required as space is limited.  Registration is available online or by phone.  Classes will be held at the locations listed below except Chandler Smart Landscaping on 3/22 & 3/29 to be held at Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.  For more information, please call the Water Conservation Office at 480-782-3580 or email

 Chandler Senior Center
202 E. Boston St. 
 Chandler City Hall
175 N. Arizona Ave. 
Chandler Sunset Library
4930 W. Ray Rd.

Class & Workshop Descriptions for Spring 2014

How smart is your irrigation controller? Chances are the answer is not too smart.  A new generation of products are available that will automatically adjust your irrigation schedule based on actual site and weather conditions.  These controllers can prevent irrigation when it rains, apply more water to your landscape during unexpected hot and dry spells, and automatically adjust watering to reduce runoff from slopes.  Learn how this new technology can help save up to 30% on your landscape watering.  

There are many different brands and models of these new smart controllers and choosing the right one can be confusing. This class will show you how the different models work and how they are set up so you can feel confident you'll choose the best one for your landscape needs.  Get ready to ask questions and collect your rebate - up to $250 is available!

Thursday, February 13, from 6:00 to 8:45 p.m.                        Register Online Here             

Special! Save 80% on a Smart Irrigation Controller
by attending the Salt River Project Water Expo!  By attending on Saturday, March 8 you can purchase a Rainbird Smart Controller for $50, plus tax, a savings of close to $240. Chandler water customers are eligible for an additional rebate.  Register at By attending Chandler's smart irrigation class above you'll know if this controller is right for you and how to operate it.

Fresh Veggies
WATER-WISE EDIBLE GARDENING - Instructor: Cathy Rymer         At Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray  Rd.                  
Take advantage of this timely workshop to get your garden growing in our unique desert environment. You’ll discover the importance and details of soil preparation and how to overcome the challenges of our environment. Taught by a Master Gardener, you’ll learn how to select, plant and care for vegetables / herbs / fruits and citrus for a bountiful harvest. 

Class will be held Monday, February 24, from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m.                             Register Online Here                           

PRUNING AND MAINTAINING YOUR LANDSCAPE - Instructor: Cathy Rymer                                
Trees and shrubs are the most important living elements of your landscape. Join an ISA certified arborist for this introductory presentation to learn the basics of pruning to keep your investments healthy, functional and looking great. You will learn the art and science of good pruning, including how to prune young trees for good structure, the five types of pruning and when to use them, as well as how to avoid the two worst pruning mistakes. You will leave this program ready to prune your own trees and shrubs with confidence and effectiveness. 
Class will be held Tuesday, March 4 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.                                          Register Online Here

BASIC YARD MAKEOVERS - Instructor: Cathy Rymer

Want to create your own backyard oasis? Or maybe you'd like to make your landscape more child or pet friendly. Transform your grass yard into outdoor living spaces that are colorful, fragrant, interesting, cool leisure, Mediterranean, eco-compatible, etc. This class will show you the easy step-by-step methods. You may even be eligible for a rebate of up to $3,000.

Class will be held Tuesday, March 11, from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.                                         Register Online Here

Eco Friendly Plumbing
EASY WAYS TO SAVE MONEY INDOORS - Instructor: John Smith                 At Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray  Rd.
Find and fix leaks that are draining your budget! According to the EPA, the average household loses more than 10,000 gallons of water each year through leaks—the same amount of water needed to wash 280 loads of laundry, take 600 showers, or meet the average family’s water needs for a month! The smallest leaks can add up quickly and cost you money. Learn how to save water, energy and money with simple changes or repairs using environmentally friendly products and water saving devices. Three-time national Green Plumber of the Year John Smith will guide you in discovering helpful hints for your home or business that can help save water and money.  Each participant will receive the new Smart Home Water Guide.

Class will be held Monday, March 24 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.                                 Register Online Here

"CHANDLER SMART" LANDSCAPING - Instructor: Ron Dinchak  
This two-class series of classes covers the basics of designing home landscapes that create attractive, comfortable, functional and sustainable yardsXeriscape appropriate for our location in the Southwest. Basic design processes, how to plan for small spaces, the wide array of desert-adapted plants available, plant selection, and plant combinations, principles and techniques will be covered. The instructor will take participants through the stages of design and assign exercises at each step, from design concept to finished landscape. Class participants are encouraged to bring their own yard layouts for these exercises, whether they are creating a new landscape or renovating an existing one. Designing in harmony with the Sonoran Desert will be emphasized.

To be held at Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.
- "Chandler Smart" Landscaping I, Saturday, March 22, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon          Register Online Here
- "Chandler Smart" Landscaping II, Saturday, March 29, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon         (Register once for both classes)

WATER SMART WORKSHOPS - Instructor: Jeff Lee
This class series will walk you through the components of your irrigation system, how to design and install a system, how to program your irrigation timer, and how to troubleshoot when problems arise. 

-Sprinkler Design and Installation, Thursday, April 3, from 6:00 to 8:45 p.m.         Register Online Here  
Learn how to design, install and operate an efficient sprinkler system.   This class will teach you to properly locate and place sprinkler heads andTimer valves as well as identify the problem areas in your system and how to correct them.  You'll also explore the latest innovations in water efficient lawn watering equipment

- Yard Watering & Timer Instruction, Thursday, April 10, from 6:00 to 8:45 p.m.      Register Online Here        
Wondering about how long, how much and when to water your landscape? You’re not alone - outdoor watering is often a place where water is wasted. This class will take the mystery out of irrigation and will teach you the how, when and where of landscape watering. Participants will learn how to program an irrigation timer using actual controllers (timers). Learn how to save water, and have a healthier landscape at the same time.

- Maximize Your Irrigation, Thursday, April 17 from 6:00 to 8:45 p.m.                           Register Online Here
Are you puzzled by the irrigation system installed by the builder or previous owner? You could be faced with a system that performs poorly and is usually masked by excessive water use. Learn how to identify the performance robbing problems in your system and what to do about them. You may be surprised, ripping out the old system and starting over is rarely needed.

If you are unable to attend a workshop, but are interested in the many free brochures the Water Conservation Office provides, simply click here to order online.