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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. For more information, please contact the Water Conservation Office at

   Chandler TechShop
      249 E. Chicago St.   
 Environmental Education Center
4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.

Class & Workshop Descriptions for Fall 2016

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, August 23, from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.                     
Register online here

If you are thinking about putting in a new drip irrigation system or modifying an existing one, this class can help you learn what to look for and the questions to ask before you make the investment. You'll gain hands-on practice with cutting pipe, inserting emitters, and connecting parts and pieces. Whether you plan on doing it yourself or hiring a professional, this class will boost your knowledge of what goes into designing and installing a drip irrigation system. 

Class will be held Thursday, September 8 from 6:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Register online here

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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, September 13, from 6:30 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.

Class will be held Thursday, September 15, from 6:00 to 8:45 p.m. 
Register online here

XeriscapeCREATE 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, September 17,  from 9:00 a.m. to Noon                               |
- Create Your Own Oasis, part II, Saturday, September 24, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon (Register once for both classes)
Register online here 

Fall is a great time to tune up your drip or sprinkler irrigation system before summer arrives.  If your system is giving you trouble and you don’t know why, this class will teach you how to troubleshoot and repair it like the pros. Learn how to identify the performance robbing problems in your system and what to do about them.

Class will be held Thursday, September 22, from  6:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Register online here

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!

Class will be held Thursday, September 29, from 6:00 to 8:45 p.m. 
Register online here

Save the Date for the Salt River Project Water Expo on March 4, 2017 and save up to 80% on the cost of a Smart Irrigation Controller! Chandler water customers are eligible for an additional rebate

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, October 4 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.                            
Register online here

RAINWATER HARVESTING - Instructor:  Tina Sleeper
Join Certified Water Harvesting Practitioner, Tina Sleeper, for a close look at designing a sensible, earth-friendly yard to collect or utilize rainwater from roofs, driveways, patios and sidewalks that can reduce your water consumption in the home landscape.  This informative workshop will cover both passive and active rainwater catchment systems