Friday, October 21, 2016

Landscape Irrigation System Evaluation Workshop


November 16, 8 am - 2 pm
LCRA Dalchau Service Center
3505 Montopolis Dr., Austin, 78744

The Lower Colorado River Authority and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Texas A&M School of Irrigation are hosting a Landscape Irrigation System Evaluation workshop for licensed landscape irrigation professionals, water professionals, water conservation coordinators and homeowners. Irrigators who complete this workshop will be allowed to conduct irrigation evaluations for customers on behalf of LCRA.

LCRA along with retail water providers offer free landscape irrigation system evaluations to customers as part of LCRA’s WaterSmart program. The evaluations can help make irrigation systems more efficient, saving water and money. An evaluated irrigation system also is eligible for up to $350 in rebates for water-saving equipment such as pressure-reducing sprinkler heads, nozzles, soil moisture sensors and rain sensors.

4 TCEQ Irrigation License CEUs.

Class outline:    AGENDA
Controller settings / trouble shooting with the customer to train them to use it
Flagging issues and record keeping
Identifying efficiency measures to improve performance
Conservation suggestions/changes made to the existing system to increase water savings
Seasonal water budgets
Technology usage i.e. sensors, ET programs “Water My Yard”
Irrigation and Maintenance of Drought-stressed Trees

Presenters Include:
Charles Swanson, Extension Program Specialist, Texas A&M School of Irrigation, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, College Station
Brad Hamel, Regional Urban Forester, Texas A&M Forest Service, Austin

Cost: $60 through Nov 7, $75 Nov 8 and onsite.    Registration fee includes lunch.
Contact: Daphne Richards, drichards@ag,, 512-854-960

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Central Texas Grounds Maintenance Workshop

Save the Date!
When:  Friday, October 23, 2015,  8:30 Registration, 9 am - 4 pm Program
Where: Travis County East Service Center, 6011 Blue Bluff Rd, Austin, 78724
Cost: $60 (through 10/13), $75 (10/14 and on-site), BBQ lunch is included
CEUs: 3 TDA Pesticide CEUs

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis Co will hold a Grounds Maintenance Workshop on Oct 23, 2015. This conference is in response to our ongoing critical water issues. The general public can attend but the materials presented will be for turf professionals such as those working with municipalities, including parks departments; golf courses; and large and commercial landscape maintenance firms.

The goal of the workshop is to share best practices for water conservation; pesticides and protective equipment; fertilization and weed & disease management in turfgrass. Three Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) pesticide credits are available to attendees.

 Presentations and speakers will be:
  • Irrigation Practices, Soil Management and LCRA Rebates/Resources,
    Brett Briant, Water Conservation Coordinator, LCRA
  • Pesticides and Personal Protective Equipment,
    Daphne Richards Travis County Extension Agent – Horticulture
  • Turfgrass Selection & New Cultivar Releases
    Matt Elmore, Assistant Professor & Extension Turfgrass Specialist
  • Turfgrass Management (Insects, Weeds & Diseases)
    Dr. Casey Reynolds, Assistant Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist

On-line Registration Coming Soon:
Daphne Richards, CEA-Horticulture, 512.854.9615


Friday, July 24, 2015

Welcome to Green Industry News-Travis County

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