Landscaping and Irrigation Workshops

Each spring and fall, the Water Conservation Office offers workshops designed to help residents learn how to use water more efficiently and still have an attractive yard.

The City of Chandler offers a variety of training workshops to aid customers in cultivating landscapes that are water-wise, beautiful and low-maintenance. Each workshop is taught by an expert in their field.

Each class is approximately two hours and includes time for Q & A’s. All workshops are free of charge, but advanced registration is required. Once registered, you will receive reminders and links to helpful handouts for each class.

Class listings, locations and links to online registration forms are found below. For more information, contact the Water Conservation Office.

 

Spring 2023 Landscaping and Irrigation Workshops

You may have heard that after decades of drought, we are now facing the first ever shortage declaration on the Colorado River. If you are wondering what this may mean for you as a Chandler resident, this program is for you. This class will provide an understanding of drought conditions and the impacts of the shortage declaration. We will also discuss the measures Chandler has taken to prepare for droughts and shortage. 

Basha Library
5990 S. Val Vista Dr.

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Smart controllers automatically adjust your irrigation schedule by not watering when it rains, applying more water during the hot dry summer, and reducing runoff on slopes through cycle and soaking. Learn how to program you smart controller to water efficiently based on you landscapes design, the type of plants, and weather conditions.

Sunset Library
4930 W. Ray Rd.

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Chandler initiated its water conservation program in 1990 with the goal of instilling a strong water conservation ethic and permanently reducing water use. We have seen great success; however multiple decades of drought and a looming shortage should motivate us all to further examine our water use for long-term sustainability. This class will provide tools and resources to determine if you are using more water than necessary as well as ways to effectively implement water savings into your daily activities. 

Downtown Library
22 S. Delaware St.

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Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced gardener, growing food in the desert can be difficult. This class provides advice and tips on how to make your garden more productive in our desert climate. Learn how to design your garden to be water efficient, how to prep your soil, what & when to plant and how to maintain your fruit & vegetable garden.

Basha Library
5990 S. Val Vista Dr.

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Learn how to turn your yard waste and organic food scraps into vital nutrients that recycle back into the soil. Compost soil reduces the need for water, additional fertilizers and reduces the amount of waste produced at home.

Hamilton Library
3700 S. Arizona Ave.

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When in drought, conserve! Starting with your outdoor watering. Learn how much, how often, and how long you should water based on the type of plants within your landscape. This class will help you determine a proper watering schedule so you're not overwatering or underwatering. 

Hamilton Library
3700 S. Arizona Ave.

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Get familiar with a wide variety of cacti & succulents that will compliment your desert landscape. These plants are drought tolerant, low maintenance, yet provide a range of color, texture, and size. Learn how to choose what’s best for your landscape design to maximize your garden’s aesthetic and how to maintain them for the years to come.

Downtown Library
22 S. Delaware St.

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For people planning on removing grass, or for those wanting to redesign their landscape. Learn how to design a more coherent landscape, especially in the areas where grass has been removed. Learn how to convert your sprinkler system to a drip system and how to create a theme in your landscape.

Downtown Library
22 S. Delaware St.

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Whether you’re planning on doing it yourself or hiring a professional, this class will help you learn what to look for and address the questions you need to ask before starting the installation. You’ll get hands-on practice with cutting pipes, inserting emitters, connecting different parts and pieces.

Sunset Library
4930 W Ray Rd.

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Maintaining your sprinkler and drip system will save you water, time, and money. A well maintained irrigation system will reduce the need for repairs, replacements, and will prevent leaks. Learn what the different irrigation components are, how they’re assembled and how to make simple repairs like replacing nozzles as well as more difficult repairs like repairing irrigation valves. 

Hamilton Library
3700 S. Arizona Ave.

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Don’t pay more than you need to on landscape watering. Learn how to optimize your drip and sprinkler system to reach maximum water efficiency by implementing different tools and irrigation components. 

Basha Library
5990 S. Val Vista Dr.

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No one wants branches or trees falling during monsoon season. Learn how to prepare your landscape for monsoon season through proper pruning, planting techniques, and proper plant selection.

Downtown Library
22 S. Delaware St.

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Come learn all about the process and benefits of turning yard waste and organic food scraps into vital nutrients for your soil. Compost reduces the need to water as often, as well as the need for commercial soil amendments and chemical fertilizers.

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Drip irrigation can be very efficient because it delivers the water very slowly. That also makes identifying problems a little tricky. Learn all the different components that go into a proper drip irrigation system. Learn the most common problems of a drip irrigation system and how to fix them.

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Have you fine-tuned your BHyve smart controller to optimize your landscape watering? It is likely that you could be saving more water by properly adjusting your settings. Learn how to program and optimize your BHyve smart irrigation controller to the fullest! This workshop will help guide you through setting up your controller so that you can water your landscape as efficiently as possible while maintaining a lush landscape.

Chandler resident? You could receive a rebate of up to $250 for purchasing and installing a smart irrigation controller.   

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Have you fine-tuned your Rachio smart controller to optimize your landscape watering? It is likely that you could be saving more water by properly adjusting your settings. Learn how to program and optimize your Rachio smart irrigation controller to the fullest! This workshop will help guide you through setting up your controller so that you can water your landscape as efficient as possible while maintaining a lush landscape.

Chandler resident? You could receive a rebate of up to $250 for purchasing and installing a smart irrigation controller. 

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Irrigation controllers can seem intimidating but they are actually very simple. Come learn five pieces of information that will help you create a complete watering program. Learn advanced programming of your controller to deliver the right amount of water at the right times.

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Adjusting your watering schedules more often saves water and is better for the landscape. The most accurate way is to adjust the watering each time based on the weather since the last time it watered. Learn how smart controllers do all this on their own and how to select the right controller for our region and your yard.

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Our southwest region is home to a multitude of wonderful herbal plants that enhance the beauty of your garden and your life.  Discover which native herbs are fun to include in your herb garden, as well as those that add exciting landscape interest and have a wide variety of uses.

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Are you noticing dry areas in your lawn? Are you confused about irrigation parts like valves or controllers? Do you think a "station" is only a channel on TV? Take the mystery out of watering your landscape by learning how often, how much, and how long you should water. You’ll also see how to operate an irrigation timer.

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