Calendar

July – September 2013

Jul 27 Sat
Healthy Landscapes – Part 1: Understanding Your Site and Your Soil – Homeowners @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Categories: SmartScape Residential

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.

Rainwater Harvesting Incentives Rebate Program @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Categories: SmartScape Residential

Join one of our landscape professional instructors for a close look at sensible, water-smart (and wallet-smart) rainwater harvesting systems for the home landscape. This informative workshop will focus on designing a passive and active rainwater catchment system for a residential landscape. Bring a sketch or site plan of your property to work on during the workshop. The Tucson Water Single Family Residential Rainwater Harvesting Incentives/Rebate Program is offering two rebate funding levels (up to $2,000) as incentive to install water harvesting on residential properties.

This workshop is mandatory for those who want to qualify for the rebate. 

Aug 1 Thu
Orientation/Soils, Plants & Water @ Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Building
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

Focus: Basic elements of soils, plant growth, and the role of water

Core Competencies:

  • Understand and describe photosynthesis and respiration
  • Understand and describe mechanisms that plants use to regulate water use
  • Describe how water moves through soils and plants
  • Explain how soil texture and structure affects water movement, infiltration rate and water holding capacity
  • Categorize basic soil textures and identify simple means to determine a soil texture
  • Understand how the chemical and physical structure of soils affect plant growth
Aug 6 Tue
Plant Selection & Installation @ Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Rec
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

Focus:  Factors to consider when choosing plants from nursery stock and general guidelines for planting and staking

Core Competencies:

  • Select appropriate plant species for a specific location
  • Choose healthy plant specimens at the nursery
  • Prepare the planting site
  • Transplant nursery stock with minimal damage to the canopy
  • Take corrective measures with circling roots
  • Backfill the planting hole and facilitate soil settling
  • Recognize when staking is necessary
  • Place stakes in the proper location and install them correctly
Aug 8 Thu
Landscape Water Management @ Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Building
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

Focus:  Learn the basic concepts of integrating the operation of the irrigation system with plant type, simple soil properties and the landscape irrigation delivery system

Core Competencies:

  • Understand the basic terminology used in landscape irrigation
  • Understand the common delivery methods of landscape irrigation water
  • Describe and understand the basic principles of soils and desert soil considerations
  • Identify plant materials in the landscape (xeric and high water use plants)
  • Understand irrigation scheduling based on soil moisture penetration method
  • Understand irrigation based on plant type/size
  • Understand irrigation based on Atmospheric Water Demand
Aug 10 Sat
Gray Water Rebate Program @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Categories: SmartScape Residential

Did you know that 1/3 of typical household waste water can be re-used as gray water for landscape plants? If you’d like to participate in Tucson Water’s Single Family Residential Gray Water Rebate Program and receive reimbursement (up to $1,000) when a permanent gray water irrigation system is installed in your home, then you must attend this 2-hour workshop. It focuses on design, operation and maintenance of a gray water system.

Rainwater Harvesting Incentives Rebate Program @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Categories: SmartScape Residential

Join one of our landscape professional instructors for a close look at sensible, water-smart (and wallet-smart) rainwater harvesting systems for the home landscape. This informative workshop will focus on designing a passive and active rainwater catchment system for a residential landscape. Bring a sketch or site plan of your property to work on during the workshop. The Tucson Water Single Family Residential Rainwater Harvesting Incentives/Rebate Program is offering two rebate funding levels (up to $2,000) as incentive to install water harvesting on residential properties.

This workshop is mandatory for those who want to qualify for the rebate. 

Aug 13 Tue
Plant Disorders @ Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Rec
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

Focus:  Recognizing the various factors that cause plants to perform poorly or die in the landscape, and avoiding or remediating those problems

Core Competencies:

  • Communicate effectively with clients to determine if a plant problem exists
  • Distinguish between abiotic and biotic causes of plant problems
  • Investigate patterns
  • Recognize signs and symptoms
  • Use the plant disease triangle to reduce plant disease pressure in the landscape
  • Offer solutions to abiotic plant disorders such as sunburn, irrigation stress and salt burn
  • Offer solutions to biotic plant disorders, such as oleander leaf scorch, cotton root rot and root-knot nematodes
Aug 15 Thu
Desert Adapted Plants @ Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Building
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

Focus:  Prevailing conditions where the urban landscape exists, selection of plants that will survive and do well there, and common plants in those landscapes.

Core Competencies:

  • Describe desert conditions – desert biomes
  • Give examples of plant adaptations to desert conditions
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of native and introduced plant
  • Identify low-water use plants suitable for landscape use
  • Identify common invasive species and explain how “invasiveness” occurs in context of adaptations
Aug 17 Sat
Healthy Landscapes – Part 2: Cultural Practices for a Healthy Landscape @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Categories: SmartScape Residential

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.
  • Hydrozoning.
  • 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.
Aug 20 Tue
Maintaining Desert Adapted Plants @ Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Rec
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

Focus: Pruning and Plant Nutrition

Core Competencies:

  • Recognize and demonstrate proper use and care of common pruning tools
  • Demonstrate an understanding of proper pruning techniques in terms of why, when, and how
  • Demonstrate how to maintain the natural growth habits and appearance while pruning a tree or shrub
  • Identify the essential nutrients and describe how plants respond to them
  • Properly select fertilizers for specific situations and describe how to apply them in urban landscapes
Aug 21 Wed
Guest Lecture Series – The Minimalist’s Lawn Guide @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: Guest Lectures

Join Dr. David Kopec, University of Arizona Turfgrass Specialist, as he teaches the simple way to create and care for a water efficient lawn.

Aug 22 Thu
Irrigation System Design @ Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Building
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

Focus:  Basic features of irrigation controllers, including programming and adjusting for ET / plant water demand, season, and weather events.

Core Competencies:

  • Explain the benefits of using an irrigation controller
  • Identify the necessary information to create an irrigation schedule
  • Determine the frequency and duration of irrigation for separate plant zones
  • Be familiar with the features of various irrigation controllers.
  • Input a schedule into an irrigation controller
  • Know when to adjust an irrigation controller’s schedule
  • Make an irrigation system more efficient
  • Distinguish which system is best for the landscape application & explain why (i.e., differentiate between turf and landscape systems)
  • Discuss factors affecting the design and installation of drip irrigation systems
  • Identify the basic components of a drip irrigation system, indicate their proper order placement, and explain their function
  • Determine approximately how many drip emitters should be applied per plant and where they should be located
  • Describe how to “trouble shoot” irrigation system problems and give examples of “common” problems and solutions
Aug 27 Tue
Integrated Pest Management @ Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Rec
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

Focus:  Basic concepts of proper landscape and turfgrass weed control guided by the principles of  (1) weed life cycles and season of “appearance “  (2)  effective understanding of weed prevention (pre-emergence plant protectants) and weed eradication (post emergence  plant protectants)  (3)  selective vs. non –selective plant protectants  (4) formulations and special procedures for product application(s)

Core Competencies:

  • Understand the basic terminology used for weed control in the landscape
  • Understand principles of  plant  protectants
  • Describe and understand the basic principles selective vs. non –selective herbicides
  • Identify most common weeds found in landscapes and turf
  • Understand requirements for and specific use of spray adjuvants when required
  • Understand the requirements of post application requirements in terms of irrigation
Aug 29 Thu
Landscape Design & Renovation @ Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Rec
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

Focus:  Water efficient landscape design that takes into consideration concerns for fire-wise Landscapes, Urban Heat Island, Rainscapes, Rainwater Harvesting,  Seasonality; sustainability issues

Core Competencies:

  • Identify landscape design guidelines that contribute to a successful low-water use landscape
  • Describe two common water-conserving design approaches to reduce water use and improve landscape plant health
  • Discuss the design process from site analysis perspective to reduce heat buildup and reduce dependency on potable water
  • Discuss ways to reduce “waste” in landscape design
Sep 7 Sat
Hands-On Drip Irrigation Systems @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: SmartScape Residential

Whether you are a DIYer or are hiring a professional, this class will help you understand how to set up and maintain a drip irrigation system…in the comfort of an air conditioned classroom.

Sep 14 Sat
Irrigation Scheduling Made Simple @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: SmartScape Residential

Join Irrigation Specialist, Steve Mallgren, to learn how easy it is to program your irrigation controller and develop a watering schedule for your landscape.

Sep 18 Wed
Guest Lecture Series – Prickly Pears: Way More Than Jelly! @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: Guest Lectures

Carolyn Niethammer, local author and chef, has collected all the information you’ll need on gathering, preparing and eating prickly pear cacti.  Join us for a lively discussion and cooking demonstration.

Sep 21 Sat
Healthy Landscapes – Part 3: What To Do When Pests and Disease Happen @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Categories: SmartScape Residential

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 effects to beneficial insects and plants in the garden.
Rainwater Harvesting Incentives Rebate Program @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Categories: Rebate Classes

Join one of our landscape professional instructors for a close look at sensible, water-smart (and wallet-smart) rainwater harvesting systems for the home landscape. This informative workshop will focus on designing a passive and active rainwater catchment system for a residential landscape. Bring a sketch or site plan of your property to work on during the workshop. The Tucson Water Single Family Residential Rainwater Harvesting Incentives/Rebate Program is offering two rebate funding levels (up to $2,000) as incentive to install water harvesting on residential properties.

This class is mandatory for those who want to qualify for the rebate.  This date is full.  Please see the calendar for available class dates.