Water garden course on Tuesdays at the Cd’A

COEUR d’ALENE — Water rationing in the domestic landscape could become a reality in the near future as drought conditions worsen in the western United States

The University of Idaho, Kootenai County Idaho Master Gardener’s Summer Horticulture Class series offers a course for home gardeners to help them learn how to create efficient irrigation systems, water more efficiently, and incorporate native, pest-resistant plants. drought in their landscape.

The Water-Wise Gardens: Creating Beautiful, Drydry-Resistant Gardens, Landscapes and Meadows course will be held on Tuesday, July 26 from 6-8 p.m. in the Community Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. The cost is $10 and pre-registration is required.

How gardens and landscapes are watered is key to being water wise. BiJay Adams, General Manager of the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District, will lead the discussion on efficient watering practices and discuss how to create an efficient irrigation system or retrofit an existing system.

“Outdoor irrigation is the largest potable water use in the United States,” Adams said.

“With education and planning, landscapes can be well maintained using 30-50% less water.”

The class will cover how to improve the design and efficiency of your irrigation system to keep your landscape healthy and save you money. Efficient irrigation systems protect our water quality by reducing runoff and keeping pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides and automotive fluids out of lakes, rivers, storm drains, dry wells and the aquifer .

The class will also provide suggestions for incorporating drought-tolerant native plants into the home landscape.

“When people think of drought-tolerant gardens, they often imagine a yard full of rocks and succulents or xeriscaping,” said Kara Carleton, coordinator of the Idaho Master Gardener program. “But that’s not what drought-tolerant means in northern Idaho. We have many beautiful native flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees that are low maintenance and drought tolerant.

Being water efficient doesn’t mean you have to remove your lawn.

“It’s totally possible to have a lawn and be careful with the water,” Carleton said. “There are several types of lawn grasses that tolerate drought.”

The course will also offer suggestions for drought-tolerant lawn grasses and tips for creating and maintaining a long-lasting lawn.

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To register for Water-Wise Gardens: Creating Beautiful, Drought-Resistant Gardens Landscapes and Meadows, visit: https://tinyurl.com/yuy8p5eh or call 208-292-2525, or download the registration form at www. uidaho.edu/extension/county/kootenai/garden.

Jack L. Goldstein