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PBC Cooperative Extension offering free course: “Save money on your landscape”

WEST PALM BEACH — Common landscaping mistakes can cost homeowners and community associations money, deplete precious water reserves, and harm the environment. For instance, many people don’t know that common methods for pruning trees and palms can actually make these plants more likely to fail in a storm.

To help remedy this situation, the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service is offering “Save Money on Your Landscape,” a free three-week certificate course on how to manage yards and/or common areas cost effectively while protecting Florida’s natural resources.

The course is designed for residents, community association managers, members of community association boards and landscape committees, Master Gardeners, and anyone with an interest in landscape maintenance and/or creating landscape contracts. Participants can take just one or two classes, or take all three and earn a signed certificate of completion.

Classes will be held at Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension, Exhibit Hall A, 559 N. Military Trail in West Palm Beach on Wednesdays, August 2, 9 and 16 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They will be repeated on Saturdays, August 5, 12, and 19 at the same times. Participants can mix and match Wednesday and Saturday classes and still earn a certificate, as long as they attend one class all three weeks.

Topics will include how to save money on irrigation or electric bills, how to identify and manage weeds, and how to diagnose common landscape disorders. Also included will be dispelling costly tree myths and how to properly prune trees and palms for hurricane resiliency and longevity. During the last session, participants will receive a checklist of questions to ask potential landscape contractors as well as a model landscaping contract for community associations.

Interested parties may contact Candace Smith at 561-233-1759 for a brochure. Pre-registration is encouraged as class minimums and maximums apply.