January – February 2014
Categories: Smartscape Training Series
REGISTERING SIGNS YOU UP FOR THE ENTIRE SERIES OF NINE CLASSES. LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONALS ONLY PLEASE.
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