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Posted May 2, 2017 | 12:24 PM

3 Free Lawn & Garden Workshops

Learn about Florida-Friendly Landscaping practices that can give your yard the nourishment it needs, naturally

Composting, microirrigation, and rainwater harvesting make use of on-hand resources to give you a lush landscape without overburdening the environment.

Each of the three resource-saving practices is the subject of a one-hour workshop on select Saturday mornings throughout the year at the Hillsborough County Extension office, 5339 County Road 579, in Seffner. Come for one of the workshops, or stay for all three of the back-to-back-to-back sessions.

The next workshops are on Saturday, April 29.

Here are brief descriptions the workshops:

  • Compost Happens, 8:30 a.m.: Learn how to turn trash into a valuable asset for your lawn and garden. A mix of biodegradable discards and water, seasoned for weeks or months, it makes a great natural fertilizer, soil supplement, or mulch. Hillsborough County residents attending this workshop will receive a free compost bin and thermometer (one per household).
  • Microirrigation, 9:30 a.m.: Have a beautiful landscape while conserving water. Presenters show you how. Residents will take home a free micro-irrigation kit (one per household).
  • Rainwater Harvesting, 10:30 a.m.: Collect rainwater that otherwise might flow into storm drains or erode your yard. Place the water where it's needed, on thirsty ornamental plants. Hillsborough County attendees will receive a free 55-gallon plastic drum to get started (one per household).

For more information about the workshops, or to register to participate, go to Compost Happens, Microirrigation, and Rainwater Harvesting Workshops. The sessions are free for Hillsborough County residents and $26 for non-residents.

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