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Posted on: February 12, 2024

Lush and Lean Workshops Spring 2024

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The City of Las Cruces Utilities Water Conservation program is pleased to announce the 2024 Spring 1 Schedule fo the Lush and Lean Program.

Free workshops take place from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. each Thursday in March. Each presentation will take place at the Branigan Library Roadrunner Room, 200 E. Picacho Avenue.

Presentations begin promptly at 5:45 p.m.

For more information call (575) 528-3566 or visit

Spring 2024 Schedule

March 7, 2024Strategies for Successful Vegetable Gardening in Southern New Mexico
With our hot summers and low precipitation, growing vegetables in southern New Mexico can be challenging. This presentation will provide strategies and recommendations for growers to cultivate a thriving vegetable harvest in our region.
Stephanie Walker, Ph.D., Extension Vegetable Specialist, New Mexico State University
March 14, 202412 Drought-Tolerant Plants to Make Your Yard Feel Lush, but Lean!
Looking for the best drought-tolerant shade tree, ground cover or ornamental showstopper? We will discuss and provide options for plants that do well locally.You don’t need a “ZERO-scaped” yard to conserve water; we’ll show you how to create a beautiful “Xeriscaped” yard that will save water with just a few select plants.
Jeff Anderson, M.S., Extension Agronomy and Horticulture Agent, New Mexico State University
March 21, 2024Make the Most of Your Home’s Landscape
This workshop will introduce some basic principles of landscape design and show you how to apply them to your own home landscape. Practical and applicable advice to help you tackle your next landscaping improvement.
Rachel Gioannini, APLD, Assistant Professor of Horticulture, New Mexico State University
March 28, 2024What To Know Before Planting Fruit & Nut Trees in Southern New Mexico
This presentation will discuss the joys and challenges of growing fruit and nut trees in our desert. Tree species and variety selection, horticultural practices, irrigation, pruning and pest management will be covered.
Richard Heerema, Ph.D., Extension Pecan Specialist, New Mexico State University

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