Education and outreach is a key component of Upper Trinity's Water Conservation and Watershed Protection programs. Upper Trinity provides educational resources in a variety of formats, such as virtual and in-person classes (Water Talks) and how-to videos.
Join us during these events to increase your knowledge of irrigation, landscaping and watershed protection to help save water, money, and protect water quality. Below is a listing of past and upcoming educational opportunities that residents are encouraged to take part in.
April 5, 2023 – Water Talk: How to Check and Fix Your Sprinklers (Dean Minchillo, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension)
Residential sprinkler systems are a convenient and effective way to water but have several components that can break or wear out over time. Sprinkler heads are one of those components that can be diagnosed and easily fixed. We’ll discuss four common sprinkler head problems and how to fix them yourself.
May 3, 2023 – Water Talk: Drip Irrigation (Dean Minchillo, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension)
Make every drop count! Drip irrigation is an extremely effective way to water plants by delivering water slowly and directly to the soil for plants to use. We’ll discuss drip irrigation systems basics as well as some tips and tricks on installing and maintaining a drip system.
June 14, 2023 – Water Talk: Get to Know Your Sprinklers (Blake Alldredge, Upper Trinity Regional Water District)
Are your sprinklers water wasters? Outdoor irrigation accounts for 50-70% of water use during the summer, much of which is wasted due to broken or worn-out equipment and wasteful watering practices. Learn how to check your sprinklers, make easy fixes, and learn the basics of sprinkler controllers and the best irrigation practices to ensure you’re watering effectively and not wasting.
July 12, 2023 – Water Talk: How to Program Your Sprinkler Controller to Save Water (Dean Minchillo, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension)
Deep and infrequent watering is the name of the game to establish a deep plant root structure capable of weathering our long hot and often dry summers. Using a cycle and soak watering strategy is the best way to achieve deep roots. Learn how to program a basic irrigation controller for cycle and soak watering and how to get the most out of local watering recommendations.
DIY Sprinkler Fixes
How to Check My Sprinkler System
What's New in Irrigation Technology
Water Wise Sprinklers
March 1, 2023 – Water Talk: Lawn Care Basics (Dr. Becky Bowling, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension)
This program focuses on managing landscapes with the big picture in mind. Attendees are encouraged to think about how practices such as watering, fertilization, and pesticide applications can affect water and the environment in their local communities and beyond. Leave empowered to make a difference with your own little piece of Texas.
Welcoming Butterflies & Other Pollinators to Your Yard
Getting Started with Native Plants
Soil and Plant Care
February 15, 2023 – Water Talk: Pruning for Success (Pat Moyer, Denton County Master Gardener Association)
Not sure the best way to prune your perennial plants, shrubs (Crape Myrtles??) or trees? Watch our first 'Water Talk' as Denton County Master Gardener Pat Moyer discusses the best pruning techniques to enhance your plants without harming them!
Soil Preparation and How to Plant a Plant