Get Ready for Spring with Free Gardening Classes, Rain Barrel Sale
By Alana Earle, Arlington Water Utilities
Posted on February 26, 2021, February 26, 2021

Filling water can from rain barrel

Editor's Note: As of March 9, rain barrels are sold out. Another rain barrel event will be announced later this year. 

Arlington Water Utilities, in partnership with Tarrant Regional Water District and the Arlington Public Library, will host two informative and fun spring events in April. The two events, a DIY Rainwater Harvesting Workshop and Tough Texas Lawns and Gardens, will be hosted online and registration information is online at

Tough Texas Lawns and Gardens, Monday, April 12, 6 -7 p.m.

 It’s no surprise to Texans that the weather is often, at best, unpredictable. It never hurts to have a lawn and garden tough enough to withstand the everchanging Texas weather.

 Participants will also learn about:

• The ins and outs of landscape design
• How to evaluate the needs of your landscape
• Plants that need less water and maintenance
• Turf types that need less water

TRWD professionals will be in the virtual conference to walk participants through what makes the North Texas climate harsh and how to ensure that you have a healthy and vibrant landscape. They will also tell participants how they can create a vibrant yard on their own. Please click this link to register.

DIY Rainwater Harvesting and Rain Barrel Sale, Saturday, April 17, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

A resident favorite is back this April. In this free online class, you can learn all about how you can use a rain barrel to collect rain and use the collected rainwater to water your lawn and garden. In addition, Arlington residents can purchase a rain barrel at a discounted rate of $25 (regular $50) after watching the pre-recorded class. Arlington Residents must watch the virtual class to retrieve the 50 percent discount on a rain barrel. Please click this link to register. NOTE: Rain barrels are sold out.

Participants will also learn about:

  • How much water the average house roof produces in a year
  • How to connect and use the rain barrel
  • How to DIY your own rain barrel

Rain barrel pick up information:

  • East Library and Recreation Center, 1817 New York Ave., from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 17th. Participants should check their email after purchase for more information.
  • Pick up will be contactless and attendees will be required to load their barrel into their personal vehicle. Please wear a mask during the entire pick up process.

For more information on ways to save water and have a healthy landscape, visit

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