Healthy Landscapes – Part 1: Understanding Your Site and Your Soil – Homeowners
Building a healthy landscape begins with understanding your site and knowing what your soil has to offer and what the soil needs. This class will focus on:
- 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.
Creating and Maintaining Healthy Landscapes
What does it take to create and maintain a healthy landscape? Careful planning and good practices will help you create and grow a healthy garden. Understanding the environmental factors, soil conditions, and local pests and diseases will help us become better stewards of the landscape in such a hostile environment.
The objective of these classes is to provide participants an opportunity to learn what it takes to develop a healthy landscape and to develop a plan of action for their own gardens. While the classes are meant to complement each other, each class is a self-contained unit consisting of both classroom and field activities. Come prepared to make practical applications of the ideas and information presented.