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The Wichita County Master Gardeners are hosting a drip irrigation for homeowners educational program at the Kell House on Saturday, October 13 beginning at 10 a.m. Bill Bosworth from North Texas Design and Landscape will present a program on how drip irrigation works and how it can save you on water and on work.

During the program Bosworth will complete the irrigation system for the new bridal garden at the Kell House and will encourage attendees to work with the hardware to get a better understanding of how the system is put together and operates.

The Kell House is located at 900 Bluff Street in Wichita Falls and there will be no charge for the program.

Drip irrigation is an efficient and economical method of watering. Used commonly in dry regions with scarce water resources, the use of drip irrigation is increasing nationwide. This irrigation method is typically more than 90 percent efficient at allowing plants to use the water applied compared to other forms of irrigation, such as sprinklers that are only 65-75 percent efficient. Drip irrigation also reduces runoff and evaporation by applying the water slowly at the plant root zone where it is needed.

Drip irrigation has more commonly been used in commercial nursery and agricultural operations, however, homeowners are beginning to take advantage of its uses and benefits. As a homeowner, you can use drip irrigation in your vegetable and perennial gardens, and to water trees and shrubs.

For more information contact the Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service office in Wichita County in the courthouse annex at 600 Scott Ave or by calling 940.716.8610.



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