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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 Create Your Own Oasis on 3/14 & 3/21 to be held at Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.  For more information, please contact the Water Conservation Office at

  Tuesdays & Thursdays
Chandler City Hall
 175 N. Arizona Ave. 
Environmental Education Center
4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.

Class & Workshop Descriptions for Spring 2015
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 5, from 6:00 to 8:45 p.m.                                                       Register Online Here

Register for the Salt River Project Water Expo on March  7, 2015 and save up to 80% on the cost of a Smart Irrigation Controller! Chandler water customers are eligible for an additional rebate
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WATER-WISE EDIBLE GARDENING - Instructor: Cathy Rymer                            
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 Tuesday, February 24, 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 10, from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.                                   Register Online Here

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 3 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.                                       Register Online Here
CREATE YOUR OWN OASIS - Instructor: Ron Dinchak  
This two-class series of classes covers the basics of designing home landscapes that create attractive, comfortable, functional and sustainable yards 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.
- Create Your Own Oasis, part I, Saturday, March 14, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon          Register Online Here
- Create Your Own Oasis, part II, Saturday, March 21, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon         (Register once for both classes)

SIMPLE SAVINGS - "Tracking Down Sneaky Leaks" - Instructor: John Smith
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 Tuesday, March 24 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.                                  Register Online Here

Learn how to design, install and operate an efficient sprinkler system. This class will teach you properly locate and place sprinkler heads and valves as well as identifying performance robbing problems in your system and how to solve them. You'll also explore the latest innovations in water efficient lawn watering equipment.

Class will be held Thursday, April 2, from 6:00 to 8:45 p.m.                                     Register Online Here

YARD WATERING & TIMER INSTRUCTION - Instructor:  Jeff Lee       
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.

Class will be held Thursday, April 9, from 6:00 to 8:45 p.m.