A good landscape can provide enjoyment and beauty, as well as increase property value; but growing healthy plants is a challenge in west Texas.  The difficulties can be overcome with knowledge and proper planning.  Don’t let lack of water, poor soil, and extreme weather limit the home to a dreary looking yard.

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service is providing a Landscape School to help homeowners get ready for spring, and get back on track with a healthy, good-looking landscape that can survive the drought.

Their annual Earth-Kind Landscape Design School  will cover topics such as plant selection, soil preparation, turfgrass establishment, tree care, landscape design and water conservation.

  • When: February 16, 17, 23 & 24
  • Time: 6:30 p.m to 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Tom Green 4-H Center, located at 3168 N US Highway 67 (next door to the Animal Shelter).
  • Registration Deadline: February 13.
  • To enroll, or for more information contact the Tom Green County Extension office at 659-6528.

The school includes four distinct classes, plus a 30-minute private landscape consultation to assist with design or plant material questions.  Tuition, which includes all materials necessary for the course is $65.00 per household.  Only one set of materials will be given per registration, but spouses are welcome to attend.

County Horticulture Agent Allison Watkins will instruct the first two classes, and Dr. Steve George, Extension Horticulture Specialist from Dallas, will teach the design portion of the school during the last two classes.  This landscape design school will be helpful for both new home-sites and those wishing to improve existing landscapes.