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As a part of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, ThinkWater works to educate Oklahoma residents about water conservation in the home landscape.

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About Us

It’s important to conserve water, especially outdoors. The Oklahoma City Utilities Department has partnered with the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and the Oklahoma State University Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture to promote conservation through proper outdoor watering and drought-tolerant landscaping. Our team is encouraging and challenging Oklahoma residents to rethink their outdoor water use.

Our Team:

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Dr. Justin Moss

Assistant Professor

Turfgrass

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Dr. Tracy Boyer

Associate Professor

Agriculture Economics

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Joshua Campbell

Extension Associate

Water Conservation

Dustin Harris

Extension Assistant

Andrew Childers

Copy Editor

 

 

 

 

Workshops and Seminars

Acquire information on how to select trees and shrubs, how to plant and get them off to a great start.

We host a variety of workshops and seminars. Click on the events listed below to learn more and to register for these free events.

Cool Season Lawn Care Workshop

Come and learn basic tips for starting or maintaining your cool season grass including information on Oklahoma alternatives for areas you're currently using fescue.

Location: Oklahoma County Cooperative Conference Center 2500 NE 63rd Street. Oklahoma City

Time: Sep 21, 2016 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Call: (405) 713 - 1125

Shade Gardening Workshop

Discover a new way to landscape for the shade including how to design and implement your shade garden for maximum effect.

Location: 2500 NE 63rd Street. Oklahoma City, OK.

Time: 1pm to 3pm

Call: (405) 713 - 1125

Establishing Trees and Shrubs Workshop

Learn information on how to select trees and shrubs, how to plant and get them off to a great start.

Location: 2500 NE 63rd Street. Oklahoma City, OK.

Time: 1pm to 3pm

Call: (405) 713 - 1125

Soil

What type of soil do you have?
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Know your Soil
Soil texture is important for water infiltration
Build Your Soil
Increase soil quality
Soil Type and Water Infiltration
How your soil effects water infiltration
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Landscape Design

Landscaping is a important element of water conservation. Understanding water zones and plant groupings helps to save money and save water.
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When planning and designing a landscape, set landscape goals based on the end use of the space, conduct a site evaluation, and get to designing!
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Seasonal Tips

Tips to save water in the landscape

With the change of seasons comes an increase of outdoor water usage for irrigation, gardening, and recreation. Up to 50% of water applied during midday to lawns and gardens is lost through evaporation and runoff. Here are a few tips to help conserve water outdoors all year long.

Check out L-432 "Seasonal Landscape Maintenance" for more information.

Spring tips

  • Conduct an irrigation system checkup. Check for leaks and broken or clogged sprinkler heads. Conduct an irrigation audit to determine uniformity and make sure you’re not overwatering (OSU CES Fact Sheet HLA-6610). Observe your irrigation system to ensure it’s not watering streets or sidewalks.
  • Install a rain sensor. A rain sensor turns off your irrigation system during a rain event to help reduce water waste.
  • Consider upgrading to a “Smart” controller. Soil moisture or weather based controllers automatically adjust the irrigation schedule to provide the correct amount of water your landscape needs.
  • Water at the right time and only when needed. The best times to water are early morning and in the evening when the Oklahoma winds are calm and the temperature is cool. This will reduce water loss from evaporation. Also, allowing the soil to dry between watering allows plants to develop strong, deep roots.
  • Mulch. Mulch maintains soil moisture, prevents weeds, reduces soil erosion, and can help improve soil quality as it decomposes.  Maintain a 2 to 3 inch layer around established trees, shrubs, and bedding plants.  Avoid piling too much mulch around the base of trees since it can hold moisture and encourage trunk rot shown below.
  • Redesigning your landscape? Consider a drought resistant garden.  Drought resistant landscapes can be attractive water saving landscapes (L-332). Drought tolerant native or introduced plants can be low maintenance and require less water (L-333).
  • When you go out of town. Make sure someone is keeping an eye on your irrigation system. A broken sprinkler head or a power failure that resets your system can cost you money.

Prepare for summer

  • Continue regular maintenance on your irrigation system.  Check for leaks and make sure hardscapes are not being watered.
  • Adjust your irrigation timer. Make sure you change the irrigation timer to follow any current watering restrictions.  Most yards do not need to be watered every day or even every other day.  Watering frequently produces shallow roots, while watering infrequently and deeply produces strong, deep roots.
  • Consider installing drip or micro-irrigation. To reduce water losses due to evaporation install drip or micro-irrigation in your flower beds, vegetable gardens, and containers.
  • Start a compost bin. Use leaves, vegetable scraps, and twigs in alternating green and brown layers. Compost bins can be made out of old trashcans, chicken wire, or wood pallets.  You can also purchase bins at retail stores.  Compost can be added to the soil to increase water and nutrient holding capacity.  (BAE-1744).

  • Check for drought restrictions. Make sure to check local news sources for any watering restrictions. 

  • Let your grass go dormant. If your grass is turning brown, don’t worry! It may be going dormant to survive the hot, dry summer.

  • Mow your grass at a higher height. Raise the blade on your lawn mower to at least 3 inches high.  This will reduce the need for water and also provides natural mulch that protects the soil moisture. 

  • If you wash your car. Wash your car on the grass or gravel so it will soak into the ground instead of washing down the storm drain.  Instead of leaving the water running while you soap up your car, fill a bucket with soapy water. Use a nozzle with an automatic shutoff so you aren’t wasting water.  Typical garden hoses use 5-10 gallons per minute!
  • Watch the weather. If you don’t have a rain sensor, listen to weather forecasts and turn off your irrigation system if it’s going to rain.

Get ready for fall

  • Adjust your irrigation system. In the fall, plants are transpiring less and need less water.  Make sure you are not overwatering your lawn and plants.
  • Prepare your system for winter. Turn off the water, drain the valves and blow out the excess water in the lines with compressed air.
  • Disconnect your garden hoses. To reduce wear on your garden hoses, drain, roll them up, and store them.

  • Check out your water consumption history. By tracking your water usage you’ll be able to spot unusual changes that may signal a leak or other water wasting problems.

Buckle down for winter

  • Protect your trees. Tree roots are still growing during the winter.  If we are experiencing an extended dry period, consider hand watering your trees once a month.
  • Check your lawn. Warm-season grasses like bermudagrass go dormant during the winter months; however it still needs adequate moisture.  During dry periods you may need to irrigate your lawn to avoid winter kill. If possible irrigate in the morning on a relatively warm day.

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Camp TURF from May 31, 2015 12:00 AM to Jun 12, 2015 12:00 AM Oklahoma State University,
Camp T.U.R.F. is a 2-week, residential academy at Oklahoma State University – Stillwater.
Irrigation Installation and Design Course from Jan 05, 2015 08:00 AM to Jan 09, 2015 12:00 PM OSU-OKC,
OSU-OKC will be offering a short session Irrigation Installation and Design course in January.
Landscape Estimating Workshop Feb 20, 2015 from 08:00 AM to 04:30 PM OSU-OKC | West Education Center, Room 318 | 900 N. Portland Ave. | Oklahoma City,
Made in Oklahoma Festival May 30, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM Midwest City Convention Center,
OKC ZOO Water Conservation Garden Opening Jun 01, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden,
Come visit the OKC Zoo's Water Conservation Garden.
Oklahoma Water Reuse Forum Jun 18, 2015 from 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM National Weather Center - Room 1313 100 David L. Boren Blvd., Norman, OK 73019,
Smart Irrigation Month Workshop Jul 16, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM Room 169, Agriculture Technologies Center at OSU-OKC,

EEO Disclaimer

Oklahoma State University, in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as amended, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Higher Education Act), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, genetic information, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, or status as a veteran, in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This provision includes, but is not limited to admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services. The Director of Equal Opportunity, 408 Whitehurst, OSU, Stillwater, OK 74078-1035; Phone 405-744-5371; email: eec@okstate.edu has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity. Any person (student, faculty, or staff) who believes that discriminatory practices have been engaged in based on gender may discuss his or her concerns and file informal or formal complaints of possible violations of Title IX with OSU's Title IX Coordinator 405-744-9154

 

Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director of Oklahoma cooperative Extension Service, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma. This publication is issued by Oklahoma State University as authorized by the Vice President, Dean, and Director of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

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Governor's Water Conference Presention

Dr. Justin Quetone Moss Governor's Water Conference presentation 2015

Dr. Justin Quetone Moss Governor's Water Conference presentation 2015

2016 Horticulture Industry Show Jan 8-9

Horticulture Industry Show:

January 8-9, 2016

"Building Soils for a Secure Future"

The HIS show consistently provides growers and the public with the latest information on vegetables, fruit, Christmas trees, farmers market crops and public gardening issues. The public and growers from Arkansas, Oklahoma and surrounding states are welcome to attend.

Location:

Tulsa Community College NE Campus, 3727 E. Apache, Tulsa

Keynote Speaker:

Jeff Moyer is a world renowned authority in organic agriculture. His expertise includes organic crop production systems with a focus on weed management, cover crops, crop rotations, equipment modification and use, and facilities design. Jeff is perhaps most well-known for conceptualizing and popularizing the No Till Roller Crimper for use in organic agriculture. In 2011, he wrote Organic No-Till Farming, a publication that has become a resource for farmers throughout the world.

Jeff brings a farmer’s perspective and approach to issues in organic agriculture. He is a past chair of the National Organic Standards Board, which assists the USDA Secretary of Agriculture in developing standards for materials to be used in organic production as well as advising on other aspects of implementing the National Organic Program. He is a founding and current board member of Pennsylvania Certified Organic, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Seed Farm, part of the Green America Non-GMO Working Group, and a Project Member of The Noble Foundation’s Soil Renaissance project.

Over the past four decades at Rodale Institute, Jeff has helped countless farmers make the transition from conventional, chemical-based farming to organic methods

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Oklahoma Water Appreciation Day Feb 16th

Water Appreciation Day

The eleventh annual Oklahoma Water Appreciation Day will be hosted by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board on February 16 in the State Capitol's 4th floor rotunda. Water agency and organization displays will be featured from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This annual celebration is held to demonstrate the importance of Oklahoma’s water resources and provide information on water management, conservation, protection, and educational programs. For more information, contact Cole Perryman at 405-530-8800 or cole.perryman@owrb.ok.gov.


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Oklahoma Clean Lakes and Watersheds Conference March 29-30th

Oklahoma Clean Lakes and Watersheds Association (OCLWA) provides a forum for scientists, citizens, and professionals to exchange ideas, receive education and form partnerships to foster sound management and protection of lakes for today and tomorrow.

The OCLWA invites your participation in our Silver Anniversary Conference to be held 8 am to 5 pm, March 29-30, 2016 at the Wes Watkins Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Our conference comprises multiple presentation tracks, poster sessions, and an expanded exhibition area focused on lake, watershed, and water quality management issues.

Registration: Call Shannon Phillips Ph- 405.522.4728

Water Smart Landscape Design Workshop April 21st

Looking to create your own water wise landscape? Brent Wall, Professional Landscape Architect and Director of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design will discuss proper landscape planning and design for Oklahoma. This free, one-hour class will help you learn to transform your lawn into a water conservation garden. Event made possible by a partnership with the City of Oklahoma City and OSU Extension.

For more details visit www.eventbrite.com/e/water-smart-landscape-design-tickets-21035576977 or click the Workshops and Seminar tab to the left.

Water Conservation Basics Seminar May 5th

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Apr 27, 2016
from 12:05 PM to 12:05 PM

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Water is an important resource. In Oklahoma we can experience both extreme rainfall and periods of extreme drought. Because of this, it is important to understand water resources and the need to use them as efficiently as possible. Small indoor leaks can be huge water wasters and outdoor water use can account for as much as 50% of a household’s consumption. This free one-hour class will explore indoor and outdoor water saving tips to help you implement water conservation at home.

For more details visit water-conservation-basics-tickets-21360654292 or click the Workshops and Seminar tab to the left.


Water Conservation Basics Seminar May 5th

Water is an important resource. In Oklahoma we can experience both extreme rainfall and periods of extreme drought. Because of this, it is important to understand water resources and the need to use them as efficiently as possible. Small indoor leaks can be huge water wasters and outdoor water use can account for as much as 50% of a household’s consumption. This free one-hour class will explore indoor and outdoor water saving tips to help you implement water conservation at home.

For more details visit Eventbrite.com or click the Workshops and Seminar tab to the left.

Picnic & Plant Talk at Bluff Creek Park with Casey Hentges, the Host of Oklahoma Gardening: June 17th

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May 25, 2016
from 04:15 PM to 04:15 PM

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Come visit the Bluff Creek Park water conservation garden and enjoy a picnic in the park while we discuss water conservation and drought tolerant plants with the host of the Oklahoma Gardening television show – Casey Hentges. Guests will learn about the Bluff Creek water conservation garden and will get a chance to ask their plant questions.

Bring your own picnic lunch and a blanket, and be prepared to discuss plants and garden ideas. Light refreshments will be provided.

This free event is made possible by a partnership between the City of Oklahoma City and Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension.

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Picnic & Plant Talk at Bluff Creek Park with the Host of Oklahoma Gardening: June 17th

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Come visit Oklahoma City's newest water conservation garden at Bluff Creek Park. Bring your picnic lunch and a blanket or lawn chair, and be prepared to discuss plants and garden ideas. Guests will learn about the Bluff Creek water conservation garden and will get a chance to ask their plant questions to the host of the Oklahoma Gardening television show. This free event is made possible by a partnership between the City of Oklahoma City and Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension.

Register via eventbrite.com:picnic-plant-talk-at-bluff-creek-park-with-the-host-of-oklahoma-gardening-tickets-21436002661

Smart Irrigation Month Seminar

Learn about smart irrigation technologies and simple ways to reduce water waste in the landscape from noon to 1pm, July 21 at the NW Library, 5600 NW 122nd. Many controllers are set to automatically waste water, and smart irrigation can help you set your sprinklers to have a beautifully growing landscape without the waste. The workshop is free and a light lunch will be provided. Please arrive a few minutes early to grab your lunch and find a seat.

Register here.

Made possible by a partnership between The City of Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

Presentations

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Cool-Season Lawn Workshop

Come and learn basic tips for starting or maintaining your cool season grass including information on Oklahoma alternatives for areas you're currently using fescue. Location: Oklahoma County Cooperative Conference Center 2500 NE 63rd Street. Oklahoma City Time: Sep 21, 2016 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM Call: (405) 713 - 1125

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Sep 21, 2016
from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

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2500 NE 63rd St. Oklahoma City

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Come and learn basic tips for starting or maintaining your cool season grass including information on Oklahoma alternatives for areas you're currently using fescue.

Location: Oklahoma County Cooperative Conference Center 2500 NE 63rd Street. Oklahoma City

Time: Sep 21, 2016 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Call: (405) 713 - 1125

Lawn Care Workshop

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Feb 15, 2017
from 01:30 PM to 03:00 PM

Where

2500 NE 63rd

Contact Name

Ray Ridlen

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(405) 713-1125

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Rain Barrel Workshop

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Mar 01, 2017
from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

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2500 NE 63rd

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Annie Napier

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(405) 713-1125

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Lawn Care Workshop

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Feb 15, 2017
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2500 NE 63rd St

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Ray Ridlen

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Lawn Care Workshop

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Feb 15, 2017
from 01:30 PM to 03:30 PM

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OSU Extension Conference Center 2500 NE 63rd St. OKC, OK 73111

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Lawn Care Workshop

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Feb 15, 2017
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2500 NE 63rd

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