Smartscape: A Training Program for Landscape Professionals™ consists of nine classes taught by University of Arizona faculty and local business professionals. They provide informative, research-based instruction designed to promote best landscape management practices for the urban Sonoran Desert. This series is designed for landscape professionals who are responsible for the health and beauty of landscapes in their care.
- Participants who attend all nine classes receive a Certificate of Completion and are listed on the Tucson Water website.
Days: Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 3:30 p.m.* – 6:00 p.m. *1st class begins at 3:00 for Orientation
Location: Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation
3500 W. River Rd. Tucson, Arizona (North side of River between Shannon/Orange Grove)
Participation is FREE. Seating is limited. Registration is required.
Please contact the Pima County SmartScape Program office at 520.626.5161, Ext. 120.
Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the Pima County SmartScape Program at 520-626-5161, Ext. 120. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.
2014 Winter Classes begin on Tues., Jan. 7th.
To register, click the plus sign to the right of the January 7th class, click "Read more," and click the green "Register" button on the next page.
Please note: registering signs you up for the full series of nine classes.* Please enter your company name/professional affiliation and information (landscape, HOA, property management, et. al.) in the designated area on the form.
January – February 2014
Categories: Smartscape Training Series
This class is basic to understanding the dynamic relationships of soils, plants, and water and is the foundation course of the Smartscape Series. Instruction focuses on soil texture and structure and how it affects water movement, infiltration rates and water holding capacity. Mechanisms that plants use to regulate water use are also discussed.
Instructor: Dr. Ursula Schuch – University of Arizona Extension Specialist, Arid Ornamentals
This workshop focuses on factors that should be considered when selecting installing landscape plants. Participants will learn how to choose healthy plants from a nursery and the proper way to install them. Instructor: Marcus White – Casa Blanca Horticultural Services
This class focuses on the principles and concepts of designing and installing a landscape. Special attention is given to Xeriscape landscaping and renovating an existing landscape from high-water use to low-water use. Participants also learn how to interpret a landscape design blueprint.
Instructor: Paul Connolly – APLD Certified Landscape Designer and owner of Sundrea Design Studio.
This workshop divides desert-plant maintenance into two categories – pruning and fertilizing. All pruning instruction is based on International Society of Arboriculture guidelines and uses pictorial slides and actual samples to illustrate the speaker’s main points. The fertilizing portion of the workshop focuses on plant needs for macro- and micronutrients, determining correct fertilizers to use and calculating the appropriate quantities of fertilizers to purchase and apply.
Instructors: José Cano – Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Recreation
Participants will learn about some of the important insects that affect landscape plants. Integrated Pest Management and cultural controls will be discussed. Participants will also learn how to control common landscape weeds.
Instructor: Dr. Carl Olson – University of Arizona Associate Curator, Entomology
Instructor: Dr. David Kopec – University of Arizona Extension Turf Specialist
Participants will learn about some of the important disease organisms that affect landscape plants. Integrated Pest Management and cultural controls will be discussed.
Instructors: Bill Haldeman – Tucson Airport Authority, Senior Maintenance Supervisor
This class discusses various common irrigation systems and focuses on designing, installing, and programming/scheduling a drip irrigation system. Maintenance and troubleshooting are also discussed.
Instructor: Steve Mallgren – Irrigation Specialist for H & M Professional Services
This class focuses on reducing water waste through efficient irrigation. Participants learn about irrigation scheduling, irrigation techniques and proper cultural practices and reiterates factors taught throughout the series that influence plant water use in landscape.
Instructors: Dr. David Kopec – University of Arizona Extension Turf Specialist
This class identifies many of Tucson’s common desert landscape plants and provides basic discussion of their traits that make them suitable for the urban and suburban landscape. Specific characteristics such as flower color, seasonality, size, and hardiness, as well as maintenance specifications and other considerations are also presented.
Instructor: Greg Starr – Owner of Starr Nursery