When well managed, your yard provides important ecological benefits such as reducing runoff, providing habitat and filtering stormwater. It’s easier than you may think. This FREE program will show you how.
You’ll learn about:
The most efficient irrigation methods, plus drip irrigation, smart controllers and sensors
Using captured rainwater for landscape irrigation
Achieving a greener lawn by improving soil health and reducing chemicals
Native plants that thrive with less water
Water efficient turf and native grasses adapted to our climate
Today’s online programming will help you find easier, more effective and more sustainable ways to enhance your landscape. Learn about plant selection, improving soil health and pest control best practices (many common plant problems, like insects and disease, can be easily resolved once the cause is identified).
Set-up for Success: The 3 S’s
Right Plant Right Place, UMN Extension Part 1
While set in Minnesota, Extension Educator Julie Weisenhorn gives a great overview of how to choose the perfect plant for that empty spot in your yard or garden – whether it’s for your entryway or anywhere else. Putting the right plant in the right place is the foundation of any successful garden. Learn how to assess soil, sun, space and other factors in this handy how-to video on one of the fundamental aspects of garden design.
Extra credit: The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center Plant Finder allows you to plug all your requirements into their database to find the perfect match for you from their list of Pineywood natives (which they call the South Central Plains).
Feed the Soil Microbiome
Building Microbe-Rich Living Compost Part 1
Making and applying microbe-rich compost is one of the most valuable things you can do for your soil. Understand principles and practices of home-scale composting to insure a rodent-free and biologically active compost pile. A great resource whether you’re just beginning to compost or are experienced and looking to make your compost even better.
Cultivating Connections: Soil Redemption Song
Michael Phillips takes you on a deep dive into the microscopic communities beneath our feet and our crops. He talks about the fungal network as a pathway to bringing resilience to gardens and landscapes. Michael Phillip, who’s latest book, “Mycorrhizal Planet: How Fungi and Plants Work Together to Create Dynamic Soils,” explores the science of symbiotic fungi and sets the stage for practical applications across the landscape.
Encourage Nature’s Pest Control
Managing Garden Insects Begins with a Question: Friend or Foe?
Learning “what is it?” is the first step in determining if an insect is a useful garden partner, a minor player, or potentially a bigger problem. Your garden may have over 1000 different insects! Most are actually harmless or provide beneficial functions like pollination and predation. Learn to recognize and protect nature’s pest control at various stages in their lifecycle, along with pests associated with chewing, discoloration, distortion, and die back.
Farmscaping for Pollinators & Predatory Insects
Learn about the dynamic interactions between plants, pollinator and predator insects that will help you create a buzz of biodiversity and balance in your niche of the local ecosystem. Discover key plants that add biodiversity and beauty to your garden through a conversation with Pat Battle from Living Web Farms. Watch the first 31 mins for a new approach to farming that works for the home garden too, then follow Pat and his class on a delightful tour through the farmscape.
Building A Host Environment for Beneficial Insects
Build it and they will come! Bring it all together with elements you can add to any garden that encourage self-sustaining populations of nature’s natural pest control featuring the story of momma hoverfly, and why its OK to have aphids!
Backyard Farmer – Pesticide Safety
Sometimes a problem requires a chemical solution – whether its naturally derived like neem or a broad-spectrum pyrethroid. University of Nebraska Extension Pesticide Education Coordinator Larry Schulze gives us tips on active ingredients, reading and following pesticide labels and using these chemicals safely around our homes.
Today’s online programming focuses on simple ways to reduce water in your lawn and garden. We begin with checking our irrigations systems for leaks and efficiency. Whether you use sprinklers, drip irrigation or a combination it’s important that plants are receiving the right amount of water, when and where they need it.
Water You Doing? Water Efficient Sprinklers
Many homeowners have a sprinkler system, but do you know how to fix a leak, avoid runoff and reduce your water bill? It may be time for a sprinkler spruce up or a sprinkler upgrade. This video reviews the latest technology for lawn irrigation to help keep your plants healthy while saving water, money and time.
DIY Drip Irrigation
Make every drop count! Whether you have an existing sprinkler system or just an outdoor faucet, learn how to install, convert and maintain a drip irrigation system. Drip irrigation is the most efficient irrigation method for landscape beds and vegetable gardens. This video shows how easy “do it yourself” drip irrigation really is!
Keeping Storm Drains Clean
Did you know that fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals that you apply to your lawn are likely to wash away into nearby storm drains? Not only is it important to conserve water when caring for your lawn and garden, but to keep in mind how our lawn care practices affects local waterways.
Check out these videos from Woodlands Water Agency
Storm Drain Waste
Storm Water Contaminants
For the Kids
Everyone can help save water! Enjoy watching these videos with the younger members of your household.
Conserve Water with Aqua
A short, animated video that follows 8-year old Aqua as she learns about what it means to conserve water. Along with her dog, Sparky, Aqua learns simple ways to reduce water use and shows her family how easy it is to save water and money.
Want the big picture on water? We can all learn something from Kamal Balaa, a very smart kid with a real grasp on using water wisely. In this Tedx video, Kamal shares the importance of water conservation and the many changes he’s made to save water. This video will inspire all ages to take action and change the world!
Welcome to The Woodlands Landscaping Solutions Online Learning. Visit daily for videos that address your lawn and garden needs. If you are looking for easier, more effective and more sustainable ways to enhance your landscape, you’ve come to the right place.
Today’s online programming focuses on organic gardening.From selecting water saving native plants to building a raised bed and what vegetables to plant, we have something for everyone.
Grow Native, Not Wild
Maybe you aren’t sure where to begin, or you’ve decided to get rid of some lawn, or you have an idea in mind and need a little help.
Daniel Cunningham walks you through landscape design basics, including native plant selection, site preparation, installing hardscapes, soil preparation, and best practices for caring for your garden.
Ready to breathe new life into your landscape? Learn how to address poor soil conditions, bare spots on the lawn, an area where nothing will grow, weed, insect and disease infestations, and slow draining water.
These are symptoms of a bigger issue and Dr. Bowling will help diagnose common landscape issues and prescribe tips on how to revive your landscape.
Constructing a Raised Bed
Raised beds are perfect for a variety of plants, vegetables, flowers and herbs. Avoid poor soil, pipes underground, and reduce your need to weed.
Daniel Cunningham provides simple guidelines for success. He reviews planning before building, what materials to use, soil selection, and how to find the right plants for your new garden.
Grow Your Own Vegetables
42 million US Households are growing their own vegetables, reducing their grocery bill, enhancing nutrition and flavor, and reducing food waste. Learn how to get started in this beginner friendly video that covers location, size, soil preparation, and vegetable selection.
Fall Vegetable Gardening
Not sure what to plant this fall? If you haven’t already got your veggies in the ground, it’s not too late! If you dream of picking your own vegetables and enjoying a fresh salad grown right at home, be sure to watch this three-part video.
Dr. Bob Randall, noted Houston vegetable gardening expert and published gardening author, shares his vegetable gardening expertise in this three-part Zoom webinar. Dr. Randall focuses on what you need to know about selecting the right garden site, how to prepare your soil and his top organic gardening techniques.
You don’t want to miss this event. Native plants, bags of compost, water saving devices, bird feeders and more will be given away this Saturday to the first 300 vehicles. ALL FOR FREE!
Come out to the Sterling Ridge Park and Ride (8001 McBeth Way) from 9 a.m. to noon for the Woodlands Landscaping Solutions Drive-Through. No need to get out of the car. Volunteers will place the free giveaways into the trunk or back storage space of your vehicle. Don’t forget to make plenty of room to collect them all!
Want to make your lawn and garden beautiful but not sure where to begin? Resources for gardeners of all levels are available at this event in addition to free garden supplies. Interested in installing a rain barrel or improving your turf grass? Want to attract more birds to your yard or save time, money and water in the garden? You’ll get all the information you need to tackle those weekend projects.
Bags of Leaf Mold Compost
Water Saving Devices
The fun and learning continues the following week (September 28 – October 2), too. Each day we deliver you more resources and how-to’s. That’s right, we have hand selected videos from experts on gardening, natural pest control, water conservation, lawn care, attracting pollinators, edible landscaping and much more – all accessible from the comfort of your home. Check in daily here for Woodlands Landscaping Solutions Online Learning.
One last thing, there‘s still time to purchase a compost bin or rain barrel to pick up this weekend.
High quality C.E. Shepard Compost Bins can be purchased for $50 (half off retail price). To purchase by phone, call 281-210-3900 weekdays between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To purchase online, create or login to your Active account here. Bring your receipt to the drive-through on Saturday.