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Earth-Kind Gardening and Landscaping Seminar to be held April 24



As a newly certified Master Gardener, Carole Montemayor of Brownsville hears similar concerns from homeowners: patches of grass that turn brown, plants that keep dying and weeds that won't go away.

"The answer to these and other problems is knowledge," she said. "Their irrigation method could be off, they might be using plants not suited to this area, or they may need to improve their soils because they contain too much clay."

Montemayor recommends attending a one-day seminar later this month as a great opportunity to become educated in Earth-Kind landscaping and gardening.

"Earth-Kind is an environmental stewardship program for urban landscapes developed by Texas AgriLife Extension Service and AgriLife Research horticulturists," said Enrique Perez, Ph.D., an AgriLife Extension agent in Cameron County.

The Earth-Kind Landscaping and Gardening Seminar, the first of its kind in South Texas, will be held at 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 24 at the San Benito Annex Building at 1390 W. Expressway 83 in San Benito.

The seminar is presented by the Cameron County Master Gardeners and AgriLife Extension.

The fee is $65 and includes refreshments, lunch and an Earth-Kind notebook filled with research-based topics and tips to establish and maintain healthy landscapes and gardens, Perez said.

"Earth-Kind combines organic and traditional principles that help homeowners create lush yet environmentally safe gardens and landscapes," he said. "They are research-proven techniques that are successful and preserve and protect the environment."

The techniques include using composting to improve existing soil conditions, proper mowing, effective irrigation methods that conserve water and using plant materials that are less susceptible to insects and diseases, Perez said.

"Every speaker at the seminar is an Earth-Kind certified expert in horticulture," he said.

Topics include an Earth-Kind overview, Earth-Kind roses, improving existing soils, Earth-Kind turf management, selecting plants for South Texas, disease and insect management, and a question and answer session.

Pre-registration must be completed by April 12, and seating is limited, Montemayor said.

To register, call Montemayor at 956-455-2096, Rosalinda Sullivan at 956-498-7840 or the Cameron County AgriLife Extension office in San Benito at 956-361-8236.

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