Healthy Lawn, Healthy Waters to hold trainings

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program will host a residential rainwater harvesting and turf management training June 20 in Kyle.

The free program will be from 1-5 p.m. at the Kyle Fire Department 1, 210 W. Moore St. It is being offered in collaboration with the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership.

Seating is limited so attendees are requested to RSVP online at http://bit.ly/2VEHLRs or contact John Smith, AgriLife Extension program specialist, College Station, at johnwsmith@tamu.edu or 979-845-2761.

The Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program aims to improve and protect surface water quality by enhancing awareness and knowledge of best management practices for residential landscapes.

Participants can have their soil tested as part of the training. The soil sample bag and analysis are free to Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program participants.

Residents can pick up a soil sample bag with sampling instructions at the AgriLife Extension offices in Caldwell County, 1403 Blackjack St. Suite B, in Lockhart or at agency offices in Hays County at 200 Stillwater Rd. in Wimberley. Bags containing residents’ soil samples may be brought to the training.

Samples will be delivered to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Soil, Water and Forage Testing Lab in College Station for routine analysis, including pH, conductivity, nitrate-nitrogen and other parameters.

The training will include information on how to understand soil test results and nutrient recommendations so residents can interpret results once the analysis is mailed to them.

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