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NMSU Bernalillo County Extension hosts turfgrass irrigation workshop

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - In the semi-arid desert environment of New Mexico, water is precious. For homeowners who want to have turfgrass, caring for the grass without wasting water is an important issue.


New Mexico State University's Bernalillo County Extension office will host a free irrigation workshop for Master Gardeners from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at the Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd.

Bernhard Leinauer, NMSU Extension turfgrass specialist, and Cheryl Rosel-Kent, Bernalillo County Extension horticulture agent, will lead the workshop, which will include both an overview of best practices in turfgrass watering and a hands-on water audit demonstration.

"Most cool-season turfgrasses are considered water-guzzling ground cover. However, it has been shown that as much as 50 percent of the water that leaves the irrigation system is wasted and does not even reach the grasses," said Leinauer. "Participants of the workshop will learn how to determine the water requirements of turfgrasses by using the Internet and how to apply this information to irrigate their lawns."

Participants are asked to bring a notepad, a calculator and, if possible, a notebook computer. For more information, contact the Bernalillo County Extension office at 505-243-1386.