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Rain Barrel / Watershed Workshop | Nancy Martin

Thurs., Sept. 27 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$80 per person | $85 per couple
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Harvesting rainwater can save money, benefits water quality in our region and makes good sense for backyards and gardens. Learn why rain barrels are especially important in Allegheny County, how to install a rain barrel and how to best store and use rainwater. You will receive a FreeGarden RAIN 55-gallon rain barrel. Designed with the homeowner/gardener in mind, it is affordable, attractive, easy to move and easy to install. This workshop is hosted by the Pennsylvania Resources Council. To register, click Register with PRC or call 412/488-7490, ext. 247. Pre-registration is required.

Organic Lawn Care: Fall Maintenance | Walter Jarosh

Tues., Oct. 9 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Lush lawns that are safe for children, pets and the environment begin with the creation of healthy soil and fall is a great time to get started. Learn how to grow an organic lawn that is free of synthetic chemicals in accordance with Phipps’ Safe Lawn Program. Discover the best practices for mowing, watering, fertilization and aeration, and discuss insect and weed control with a focus on fall lawn care.