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Local organizations offer fall garden maintenance workshop in Eagle

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EAGLE — Fall maintenance provides perennials the care they need to return the following spring. Proper fall garden maintenance also ensures overwintering habitat and food for beneficial insects and birds and can help maintain soil moisture over the dry winter months.

Fall, with its cool, consistent temperatures, can also be a good time to make new additions to a garden and to establish plant roots before they go dormant for winter. Choosing the right plants is also tied to water quality — Eagle County's native plants and grasses don't require much, if any, fertilizing or pesticides and therefore keep harmful pollutants from entering storm drains or flowing into rivers.

The Eagle River Watershed Council and Colorado State University Extension will lead a free sustainable fall landscaping workshop about how to properly maintain landscapes this fall. Among other topics, the workshop will address:

• How landscapes affect rivers and streams

• Water-efficient irrigation and gardening

• Compost and its role in healthy gardens

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• Alternatives to turf and how to transition to them

• Integrated pest-management strategies to avoid undesirable bugs and pathogens

• Fire resistant landscaping

Featured speakers for the event include Shawn Bruckman, of Vail Honeywagon and Ground Up; Nick Courtens, from Betty Ford Alpine Gardens; Mark Chenoweth, from Grand Junction Pipe; Joe Gilles, from the town of Avon; Eric Lovgren, of Eagle County's Wildfire Mitigation Program; Lizzie Schoder, of Eagle River Watershed Council; and Jeff Pieper, from CSU Extension.

This workshop is geared toward homeowners and landscapers who are looking to learn more about river-friendly practices that maintain a healthy landscape with year-round appeal. The workshop will be held Friday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brush Creek Pavilion Studio in Eagle and is free to all attendees; lunch will be provided.

Space is limited. RSVP with the CSU Extension office at 970-328-8630 or the Watershed Council at 970-827-5406.

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