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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Chandler City Hall
175 N. Arizona Ave.
Environmental Education Center
4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.
Class & Workshop Descriptions for Fall 2014
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 26, from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Register Online Here
DRIP IRRIGATION DESIGN & INSTALLATION - Instructor: Jeff Lee
Designing a drip irrigation system that’s efficient and low maintenance is easy if you know how. From backflow preventers to emitters this class will help you learn how to design and install an irrigation system as good as the pros. Taught by a certified irrigation specialist, any confusion you may have about components like pressure regulators, valves, emitters, zones, stations, etc., will become crystal clear.
Class will be held Thursday, September 4, from 6:00 to 8:45 p.m. Register Online Here
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 9, 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.
- "Chandler Smart" Landscaping I, Saturday, September 13, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon Register Online Here
- "Chandler Smart" Landscaping II, Saturday, September 20, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon (Register once for both classes)
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, September 18, from 6:00 to 8:45 p.m. Register Online Here
IRRIGATION MAINTENANCE & REPAIR - Instructor: Jeff Lee
Your irrigation system is the lifeline for your landscape. Fall is a great time to tune it up to get the efficiency back and to modify it for new plantings. If your system is giving you trouble and you don’t know why, this class will also teach you how to troubleshoot and repair it like the pros. Whether you have sprinklers, bubblers, drip, or all three types of systems, this class has you covered.
Class will be held Thursday, September 25, from 6:00 to 8:45 p.m. Register Online Here
"SMART" IRRIGATION CONTROLLERS - Instructor: Jeff Lee
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, October 2, from 6:00 to 8:45 p.m. Register Online Here
Save up to 80% on a Smart Irrigation Controller by attending the Salt River Project Water Expo in March 2015! By attending Chandler's smart irrigation class above you'll know if this controller is right for you and how to operate it. Chandler water customers are eligible for an additional rebate. Details available soon.
CHANDLER 'SMART' HOME - 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, October 14 from 6:30 - 8:00 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, October 21 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Register Online Here
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