August 2013 – January 2014
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
- 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
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.
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.
Focus: Recognizing the various factors that cause plants to perform poorly or die in the landscape, and avoiding or remediating those problems
- 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
Focus: Prevailing conditions where the urban landscape exists, selection of plants that will survive and do well there, and common plants in those landscapes.
- 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
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.
Focus: Pruning and Plant Nutrition
- 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
Focus: Basic features of irrigation controllers, including programming and adjusting for ET / plant water demand, season, and weather events.
- 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
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)
- 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
Focus: Water efficient landscape design that takes into consideration concerns for fire-wise Landscapes, Urban Heat Island, Rainscapes, Rainwater Harvesting, Seasonality; sustainability issues
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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. Instructor: Steve Mallgren
We have a much better chance of managing issues and problems in the garden and landscape if we can recognize them in their infancy. This is where two essential gardeners’ tools come into play – patience and observation. These are perhaps the most powerful tools we all possess. They are the keys to growing a healthy landscape.
We’ll use this class to sharpen our observation skills and learn some practical problem solving skills to use in determining the needs of the landscape. We will specifically focus on developing skills to identify pests and diseases in the landscape and garden – and how to find the resources to help.
Categories: Smartscape Training Series
REGISTERING SIGNS YOU UP FOR THE ENTIRE SERIES OF NINE CLASSES. LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONALS ONLY PLEASE (i.e. landscape company employees, HOA board members, property managers, landscape designers, etc.)
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