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Janet Laminack: Earth-Kind landscaping good choice for region

Trying to have an attractive landscape in North Texas can often feel like a losing battle. There are droughts, heat waves, cold snaps, insects, disease and weeds, just to name a few challenges we face.

We all want an attractive landscape, but couldn’t it be just a little bit easier?

Earth-Kind landscaping uses research-proven techniques to provide maximum garden and landscape enjoyment while preserving and protecting the environment.

The objective of Earth-Kind landscaping is to combine the best of organic and traditional gardening and landscaping principles to create a horticultural system based on real world effectiveness and environmental responsibility.

That may sound too good to be true, but we can show you what we mean. The Master Gardeners are teaching classes on Earth-Kind landscaping this fall that are free in Lewisville and Denton.

Earth-Kind is based on seven basic principles, which are planning and design, soil analysis, practical turf areas, appropriate plant selection, efficient irrigation, use of mulches and appropriate maintenance.

You can easily learn tips to incorporate into your landscape to make it more attractive and more Earth-Kind.

Keep Lewisville Beautiful is conducting a class, “Earth-Kind Landscaping,” to be led by Master Gardener Shirlee Singer from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 11.

To register or for more information on the class, call 972-538-5949 or email info@keeplewisvillebeautiful.org.

In Denton on Sept. 13, we kick off a series on “Earth-Kind with a talk by Master Gardener Lynda Harvey on Earth-Kind Landscaping,” followed by “Texas Tough Plants” on Sept. 20 taught by yours truly.

On Oct. 11, Singer will discuss “How To Start Planning Your Landscape Design,” followed on Oct. 18 by “How To Irrigate Your Landscape Efficiently,” which will be led by Dotty Woodsond, extension program specialist-water resources.

All of these classes will be held at 2 p.m. at the South Branch Library.

For more information or to pre-register for classes, call 940-349-2883 or email Kathryn.Gildersleeve@dentoncounty.com.

And last but not least, don’t forget about our Fall Garden Fest. This free event is packed full of educational booths, speakers, vendors and children’s activities.

This year, it will be held indoors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church Family Life Center. This year’s theme is “Texas Gardening: You can do it!”

For more information on Earth-Kind, visit www.dcmga.com or http://earthkind.tamu.edu, or contact us directly with your questions at master.gardener@dentoncounty.com or call 940-349-2892.

JANET LAMINACK is the horticulture county extension agent with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. She can be reached at 940-349-2883 or jelaminack@ag.tamu.edu.