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NMSU invites professional landscapers to subsurface drip irrigation workshop

ALBUQUERQUE ? There is a solution to having a green yard and still being water-efficient ? subsurface drip irrigation for turfgrass.

New Mexico State University?s Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service will present a hands-on demonstration and installation workshop on Tuesday, June 3, to inform landscaping professionals about the infrastructure of the subsurface drip irrigation system.

Participants will help install a subsurface drip irrigation system during the workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3p.m.

?Subsurface drip irrigation can reduce water used for irrigation by 20 to 30 percent,? said Bernd Leinauer, an NMSU Extension turfgrass specialist, who will be leading the workshop. ?This type of system waters right at the roots, which minimizes water loss to overhead evaporation, wind and overspray.

A subsurface drip irrigation system was installed at the Rio Ranch High School soccer field five years ago.

?Rio Rancho was the first large-scale demonstration of this type of system,? Leinauer said. ?It has been very successful.?

The soccer complex is watered through a 1-foot-by-1-foot grid of irrigation lines buried below the field's surface. The irrigation lines have pressure-compensating emitters that release one liter, ? or four-tenths of a gallon of water ? per hour, once the irrigation system has 15 pounds per square inch of water pressure in the line.

?I feel very strongly about getting the message out to landscaping professionals that this type of system works,? said Cheryl Kent, Bernalillo County Extension horticulture agent. ?In the future, there will only be more pressure to save water. Subsurface drip for lawns can be part of the solution.?

Workshop participants are asked to contact the Bernalillo County Extension office to RSVP with Kent at 505-243-1386 or email her at kent@nmsu.edu. Directions will be provided to the workshop location. Lunch and snacks will also be provided.

This event is sponsored by NMSU Extension and Toro Irrigation.