August – September 2015

Aug 4 Tue

Soils, Plants & Water – Provides basic understanding of 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 – Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist in the School of Plant Sciences at the University of Arizona



Aug 6 Thu

Landscape Water Management – 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.

Instructor: Dr. David Kopec – Extension Specialist, Turfgrass – The School of Plant Sciences


Aug 11 Tue

Landscape Irrigation Systems – Discusses various common irrigation systems and focuses on designing, installing, and programming/scheduling a drip irrigation system. Maintenance and troubleshooting are also included.

Instructor: Steve Mallgren – Irrigation expert and local business owner




Aug 13 Thu

Desert Adapted Plants – 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 – Desert Plant Specialist, local nursery owner



Aug 18 Tue

Plant Selection and Installation – Focus is 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 – Horticulturist, local business owner



Aug 20 Thu

Landscape Design and Renovation – This class provides information about 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.

Instructor: Roger Putney – Landscape Designer and Certified Nursery Professional



Aug 25 Tue

Maintaining Desert Adapted Plants – 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.

Instructor: José Cano: Retired Maintenance Supervisor, Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Recreation who has nursery and aboriculture certifications



Aug 27 Thu

Plant Disorders – Participants will learn about some of the important disease organisms that affect landscape plants.  Integrated Pest Management and cultural controls will be discussed.

Instructor: Bill Haldeman – Senior Landscape Specialist with Tucson Airport Authority




Sep 1 Tue

Weed Control – Discussion is about weed identification, seasonal weeds, what products work best for each, and how to apply them.

Instructor: Dr. David Kopec –  Extension Specialist, University of Arizona School of Plant Sciences



Sep 12 Sat

Whether you are a DIYer or are hiring a professional, this class will help you understand how to set up, maintain, change and troubleshoot a drip irrigation system like a pro! Learn about the pvc lines, tubing, connections, emitters, tools and how to put it all together to create an efficient drip system…in the comfort of an air conditioned classroom.

Incorrect watering is not only detrimental to plants, but is one of the biggest residential water wasting practices. 

Make sure to also attend our Irrigation Controllers & Scheduling class to learn how to use your drip irrigation system to have healthier plants while saving water!

PLEASE NOTE: Part 1 and Part 2 can be taken in any order
Instructor: Steve Mallgren

Pre-Registration Required.  If there is space available in the class or on the waiting list, you can access it through the REGISTER button above.

Those who are on the waiting list have priority for “stand-by” (class size is dictated by fire code)

Sep 26 Sat

Irrigation Controllers and Scheduling

Do you know how to:

Use your drip irrigation system correctly?

*  Determine your landscape’s watering needs?

*  Create an efficient watering schedule for your landscape?

*  Program and troubleshoot your controller?

This class discusses various common irrigation systems and focuses on installing and programming/scheduling a drip irrigation system controller, along with critical information about your plants’ watering needs and efficient irrigation techniques.  Maintenance and troubleshooting are also included.

Make sure to also attend our Hands On Drip Irrigation class so you will be able to set up and/or maintain all of the “parts” to avoid wasting water!

 PLEASE NOTE: Part 1 and Part 2 can be taken in any order
Instructor: Steve Mallgren – Irrigation expert and local business owner

Pre-Registration Required.  

A couple of spots just opened up for this class!