Calendar

Jul 17 Wed
Guest Lecture Series – Are Your Plants Heat Stressed? @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: SmartScape Residential

Join Jack Kelly, Horticulturalist, for a discussion on preventing heat stress in your landscape plants this summer.  This is the first in our series of guest lectures.  See the SmartScape calendar for more!

Jul 20 Sat
Rainwater Harvesting Incentives Rebate Program @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 12:00 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. 

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!

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 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 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.
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 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.
Oct 26 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.  Instructor: Steve Mallgren

Healthy Landscapes – Part 4: Troubleshooting @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Categories: SmartScape Residential

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.

Jan 25 Sat
Hands-On Landscape Design Series @ UA/Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: SmartScape Residential

Do you want to design or renovate your landscape?  Need some direction about how to start the process, inspiration for style and use of your landscape or information about plants and hardscapes?  Participate in this comprehensive hands-on series of three 3-hour classes and learn from Wendy M. King, Founder of River Road Designs, President of APLD , Winner of the 2011 Xeriscape Award for the Tucson Metropolitan Area.

THIS SERIES IS FULL.  WE PLAN TO OFFER IT AGAIN IN THE FALL.  THANK YOU!

Feb 22 Sat
Hands-On Landscape Design Series @ UA/Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: SmartScape Residential

Do you want to design or renovate your landscape?  Need some direction about how to start the process, inspiration for style and use of your landscape or information about plants and hardscapes?  Participate in this comprehensive hands-on series of three 3-hour classes and learn from Wendy M. King, Founder of River Road Designs, President of APLD , Winner of the 2011 Xeriscape Award for the Tucson Metropolitan Area.

THIS SERIES IS FULL.  WE PLAN TO OFFER IT AGAIN IN THE FALL.  THANK YOU!

Mar 22 Sat
Hands-On Landscape Design Series @ UA/Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: SmartScape Residential

Do you want to design or renovate your landscape?  Need some direction about how to start the process, inspiration for style and use of your landscape or information about plants and hardscapes?  Participate in this comprehensive hands-on series of three 3-hour classes and learn from Wendy M. King, Founder of River Road Designs, President of APLD , Winner of the 2011 Xeriscape Award for the Tucson Metropolitan Area.

THIS SERIES IS FULL.  WE PLAN TO OFFER IT AGAIN IN THE FALL.  THANK YOU!

May 13 Tue
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.  Instructor: Steve Mallgren

May 20 Tue
Irrigation Scheduling Made Simple @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
8:30 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!