Zilker Neighborhood Gardens

Commentary by a National Wildlife Steward who helps Zilker neighbors establish native plant gardens

Monthly Archives: September 2011

Finding Certified Landscape Professionals

The City of Austin has a certification process for landscape professionals interested in “earth-wise” landscaping. Information on the certification process or professionals who have already been certified is located at the City of Austin – Green Garden website.

Free Webinar: Building a Community Wildlife Habitat (Sept 27)

Roxanne Paul who coordinates the Community Wildlife Habitat program will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, September 27th about how your neighorhood, town or community can get started on Creating a Community Wildlife Habitat. [Austin is already a certified community habitat, but it would be neat to get others to follow suit, such as your friends in other nearby towns or anywhere in the US!]

A community wildlife habitat is the largest designation we have for certification.  Community members work together to certify homes, schools, business and public spaces (based on their population size) and also complete various projects of their choicing.  Achieving certification – is a great recognition that your community – is not only wildlife friendly but commitment to “greening” their community for the citizen and wildlife alike.  It is taking a Tree City USA designation to the next level.

If this sounds interesting, please attend this FREE 1-hour webinar to learn more. If this time is inconvenient for you, within 2 weeks the recorded webinar will be available for viewing. Please share this widely with anyone in the United States.

Want to start a Community Wildlife Habitat project in your community?

Sign up for a free 1-hour webinar on Tuesday, September 27 at 3:00 Eastern time.  You’ll learn how to:

  • Put a team together, research your community and approach local government for support
  • Educate your community about gardening for wildlife
  • Earn Habitat Certification points towards certification
  • Plan community projects like habitat restorations, invasive plant removals and stream cleanups

And here is where to register:
http://online.nwf.org/site/Calendar?id=105421&view=Detail

Free Soil Moisture Gauge

The City of Austin is giving away soil moisture gauges to help you know how much you’ve watered and when you should water. Here’s where you can pick one up for free:

Pick up your meter between 8am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday, at 625 E. 10th Street, or call 974-2199 for more information. One per customer, mailing and delivery not currently available.

How To Water a Tree (and know it has enough drink)

I found this video on tree watering tips to be very helpful, and I think I’ve been underwatering! Treat your trees and plants nicely – they are worth a lot of $! All you need is a screwdriver to figure it out.

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