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July 29, 2016

Turning yard into wildlife habitat among free landscape classes

A class on how to transform outdoor living spaces into a wildlife habitat has been added to Chandler’s annual fall lineup of free landscaping and irrigation classes.
Whether you’re a wildlife watcher, photographer, or just enjoy living in harmony with nature, the Take a Walk on the Wild Side workshop will teach participants how to create their own urban wildlife habitat. Paul Holdeman, licensed landscape contractor and owner of The Pond Gnome, will explain how to build and sustain small, backyard ponds and organic water features using native plants and good Xeriscape design principles, including the capturing and recycling of stormwater.
The series of 10 free workshops is designed to help residents learn how to use water more efficiently and still have lush looking yards. All classes will be held at Techshop, 249 E. Chicago St., with the exception of the Create Your Own Oasis workshop, which will be presented in Chandler’s Environmental Education Center (EEC), 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road.

To register for any of the classes listed below, visit, or call the Chandler Water Conservation Office at 480-782-3580.
--  Aug. 23, Basic Yard Makeovers, 6:30-8:45 p.m., TechShop
--  Sept. 8, Drip Irrigation, 6-8:45 p.m., TechShop
--  Sept. 13, Edible Gardening, 6:30-8:45 p.m., TechShop
--  Sept. 15, Yard Watering, 6-8:45 p.m., TechShop
--  Sept. 17 and Sept. 24, Create Your Own Oasis,9 a.m.-noon, EEC
--  Sept. 22, Irrigation Maintenance, 6-8:45 p.m., TechShop
--  Sept. 29, Smart Irrigation Controllers, 6-8:45 p.m., TechShop
--  Oct. 4, Pruning, 6:30-8:45 p.m., TechShop
--  Oct. 12, Rainwater Harvesting, 6:30-8:45 p.m., TechShop
--  Oct. 20, Take a Walk on the Wild Side, 6:30-8:45 p.m., TechShop
Complete class descriptions are available at Residents can keep up-to-date on the latest Chandler conservation news and information by liking us on Facebook (ChandlerConserves).