Creating and Maintaining Healthy Landscapes -For Professionals, Spring 2014
4210 North Campbell Avenue
Understanding environmental factors, soil conditions and local pests and diseases will help us become better stewards of the landscape. The objective of this series is to provide participants an opportunity to learn what it takes to develop healthy landscapes and to develop a plan of action for the landscapes in their care.
Each class consists of both classroom and field activities. Come prepared to make practical applications of the ideas and information presented.
Class #1 Understanding Your Site and Your Soil
- Understanding your site, identifying microclimates.
- Soil – the backbone of the landscape and garden. This is where it all begins and topics include:
- The soil food web.
- Types of soil – why does it matter?
- How to determine what type of soil you have.
- What is special about Tucson dirt?
- What do plants need from the soil?
- What can you expect to learn from testing your soil?
- Mulch, compost and what the monsoon can do for you.
Class #2 Cultural Practices for a Healthy Landscape
We can save time, trouble, water and money by choosing appropriate plants for the soil and exposure we are working with. This class will focus on how to identify the plants that suit your site and your interests, as well as planting and maintenance practices that keep plants and soil healthy: This class focuses on:
- Choosing plants for soil, exposure, and other factors of a microclimate.
- Planting basics that help you reduce diseases and pests. Concepts include:
- Cover crops and rotation for homeowners.
- What does a plant family have to do with it?
- Fertilizing, pruning, and watering practices.
Class #3 What To Do When Pests and Diseases Happen
What are your safest options when pests and disease happen? We are becoming more aware of the impact of insecticides, herbicides and other chemicals that have been commonly used to control diseases in our landscapes. In this class we will focus on methods of intervention that help preserve our health, the health of the soil, and the beneficial insects that are so valuable in the landscape. Topics covered include:
- What are your weeds telling you about the soil? How you can use the weeds to determine what your soil needs.
- Beneficial insects and how we can attract and conserve them.
- How to determine if interventions are necessary.
- Organic methods of intervention – how to identify your best options, optimize applications and lessen adverse affects to beneficial insects and plants in the garden.