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Free Landscaping and Irrigation Workshops

Up to 70 percent of your water use is outdoors! These workshops are designed to help residents learn how to use water more efficiently and still have a lush, beautiful looking yard. 
All workshops/classes are free of charge to Chandler utility customers, but advanced registration is required as space is limited.  Registration is available online or by phone.  Classes will be held at the locations listed below except Create Your Own Oasis on 9/12 & 9/19 to be held at Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.  For more information, please contact the Water Conservation Office at

Chandler Main Library
22 S. Delaware St. 
  Chandler City Hall        or      Chandler Senior Center
 175 N. Arizona Ave.                       202 E. Boston St. 
 Environmental Education Center
4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.

Class & Workshop Descriptions for Fall 2015
BASIC YARD MAKEOVERS - Instructor: Cathy Rymer
Want to create your own backyard oasis? Or maybe you'd like to make your landscape more child or pet friendly. Transform your grass yard into outdoor living spaces that are colorful, fragrant, interesting, cool leisure, Mediterranean, eco-compatible, etc. This class will show you the easy step-by-step methods. You may even be eligible for a rebate of up to $3,000.

Class will be held Tuesday, August 25, from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.                      Register Online Here

Come learn about designing and installing a drip irrigation system that's efficient and low maintenance. It's easy if you know how. You'll gain hands-on practice with cutting pipe, inserting emitters, and connecting parts and pieces. From backflow preventers to emitters this class will help you learn how to design and install an irrigation system as good as the pros.  Taught by a certified irrigation specialist, any confusion you may have about components like pressure regulators, valves, emitters, zones, stations, etc., will become crystal clear. 

Class will be held Thursday, September 3, from 6:00 - 8:45 p.m.   Register Online Here 

Wondering about how long, how much and when to water your landscape? You’re not alone - outdoor watering is often a place where water is wasted. This class will take the mystery out of irrigation and will teach you the how, when and where of landscape watering. Participants will learn how to program an irrigation timer using actual controllers (timers). Learn how to save water, and have a healthier landscape at the same time.

Class will be held Thursday, September 10, from 6:00 to 8:45 p.m. Register Online Here        
CREATE YOUR OWN OASIS - Instructor: Ron Dinchak

This two-class series of classes covers the basics of designing home landscapes that create attractive, comfortable, functional and sustainable yards appropriate for our location in the Southwest. Basic design processes, how to plan for small spaces, the wide array of desert-adapted plants available, plant selection, and plant combinations, principles and techniques will be covered. The instructor will take participants through the stages of design and assign exercises at each step, from design concept to finished landscape. Class participants are encouraged to bring their own yard layouts for these exercises, whether they are creating a new landscape or renovating an existing one. Designing in harmony with the Sonoran Desert will be emphasized.

To be held at Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.
- Create Your Own Oasis, part I, Saturday, September 12,  from 9:00 a.m. to Noon                               Register Online Here
- Create Your Own Oasis, part II, Saturday, September 19, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon (Register once for both classes)

Are you noticing dry areas in your lawn? Are your plants showing signs of stress? There could be a problem with your irrigation system. This workshop will focus on troubleshooting and repairing those drip, sprinkler and bubbler systems, which can save you money and water.

Class will be held Thursday, September 17, from  6:00 - 8:45 p.m.   Register Online Here     

How smart is your irrigation controller? Chances are the answer is not too smart. A new generation of products are available that will automatically adjust your irrigation schedule based on actual site and weather conditions. These controllers can prevent irrigation when it rains, apply more water to your landscape during unexpected hot and dry spells, and automatically adjust watering to reduce runoff from slopes. Learn how this new technology can help save up to 30% on your landscape watering.

There are many different brands and models of these new smart controllers and choosing the right one can be confusing. This class will show you how the different models work and how they are set up so you can feel confident you'll choose the best one for your landscape needs. Get ready to ask questions and collect your rebate - up to $250 is available!

Class will be held Thursday, September 24, from 6:00 to 8:45 p.m.                                                       Register Online Here

Save the Date for the Salt River Project Water Expo on March  5, 2016 and save up to 80% on the cost of a Smart Irrigation Controller! Chandler water customers are eligible for an additional rebate
Fresh Veggies

WATER-WISE EDIBLE GARDENING - Instructor: Cathy Rymer                            
Take advantage of this timely workshop to get your garden growing in our unique desert environment. You’ll discover the importance and details of soil preparation and how to overcome the challenges of our environment. Taught by a Master Gardener, you’ll learn how to select, plant and care for vegetables / herbs / fruits and citrus for a bountiful harvest. 

Class will be held Tuesday, September 29, from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.                             Register Online Here   

 SIMPLE CENTS HOME EFFICIENCY - Instructor:   Salt River Project & Chandler Water

Are you interested in learning some simple tips on ways to improve your home’s energy and water efficiency? If so, this class is for you. Simple Cents Home Efficiency will offer you simple ways to save energy, water, and money in your home! Chandler residents that attend the class will receive $75 in energy- and water- efficiency devices!

Class will be held Tuesday, October 6 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.                                  Register Online Here

Trees and shrubs are the most important living elements of your landscape. Join an ISA certified arborist for this introductory presentation to learn the basics of pruning to keep your investments healthy, functional and looking great. You will learn the art and science of good pruning, including how to prune young trees for good structure, the five types of pruning and when to use them, as well as how to avoid the two worst pruning mistakes. You will leave this program ready to prune your own trees and shrubs with confidence and effectiveness.

Class will be held Tuesday, October 13 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.                            
Register Online Here 


If you are unable to attend a workshop, but are interested in the many free brochures the Water Conservation Office provides, 
simply click here to order online.