By Cassie McClure and Suzanne Michaels
Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin 3/20/20
Proper irrigation is key to a vibrant garden in the desert Southwest, but it’s also part and parcel of being “water wise.” If you are confused about “smart” irrigation controllers and unsure of which might best suit your gardening needs, join Ken Futrell of Ewing Irrigation for hands-on training with various programmable controllers at the free Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Lush and Lean Workshop on Thursday, March 26th.
“We focus on how to achieve water conservation through proper irrigation,” explained Futrell. “It’s a bit of maintenance and awareness as well - when an irrigation pipe breaks it can be less obvious as the water slowly seeps into the ground.”
A leak can be costly too. “A leak you might not see could increase your bill by 15 to 20 percent,” he said.
Futrell, the branch manager at Ewing Irrigation, is focused on the workshop being practical! At the workshop there will be different types of irrigation controllers so everyone has a chance to learn more about what type might work best for them and their needs - whether that’s spray or drip irrigation that their plants and gardens demand.
Get this practical irrigation advice from the free and open to the public Lush and Lean Workshops held Thursday evenings at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., in the Roadrunner Room from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. See the complete list of speakers and Lush and Lean dates at http://www.las-cruces.org/1288/Lush-Lean-Workshops.
You can reach LCU at 528-3500 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Las Cruces Utilities provides GAS – WATER – WASTEWATER – SOLID WASTE services to approximately 100,000 Las Cruces residents and businesses.
PHOTO 1: Ewing Irrigation Branch Manager, Ken Futrell, will present smart solutions for your water wise watering at the free LCU Lush and Lean Workshop on Thursday, March 26th, at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library Roadrunner Room.