Online workshops focus on watering, lawn care during summer months

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Those interested in summer lawn care can learn tips and tricks from Washington State University’s Cowlitz County Master Gardeners this month.

The upcoming workshop will be hosted by WSU Master Gardener Art Fuller and focuses on  successful ways to water gardens, lawns and landscapes.

“If I’m pouring all this water for my yard then I’ve got a huge water bill,” WSU Extension Coordinator Gary Fredricks said. “There needs to be a balance. We want to give the plants what they need, but we want to be conservation-minded.”

Fuller will explain the right amount of water for different types of yards and successful ways to achieve a well-watered lawn.

The “How much water for your garden?” event begins at noon on July 20 via Zoom.

The last event for the month, which will take place at noon on July 27 via Zoom, is about general summer lawn care. Fredricks will show ways to keep a lawn green and free from weeds with minimal effort.

Registration is not required to attend the workshops and all sessions are free, but participants must sign up for a Zoom account if they don’t already have one.

All workshops will be recorded and available for viewing after the fact, Fredricks said. Each session should run for about 45 minutes.

Zoom meeting information can be found on the Cowlitz County Master Gardeners Facebook page. Those interested may also contact Fredricks at garyf@wsu.edu or 360-577-3014 for more information.

The month’s first session was kicked off by WSU Master Gardener Alice Slusher. She described ways to keep plants alive and thriving with less water, as well as how to pick out drought-tolerant vegetation.

Slusher shared information about how much water different plants need in warmer temperatures, like during the recent heat wave Clark County experienced last month.

“There were some plants out there that really suffered,” Fredricks said.

The “waterwise gardening, growing plants using less water” was held on July 13 via Zoom and can be viewed online.

The Cowlitz County Master Gardeners program has hosted workshops since January on different topics, all of which are available on their website.

Fredricks said the Master Gardeners are a group of volunteers who enjoy educating their communities about playing a part in the conservation of natural resources.

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