Calendar

September 2014 – March 2015

Sep 25 Thu
Turf Irrigation Management – Fall, 2014 @ Karsten Turfgrass Research Center
7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: Additional (Professional)

The Fall Class focuses on the basic biology of turfgrass, turfgrass I.D. tips, environmental and cultural factors that affect irrigation and problem solving skills.

Participation is FREE. Seating is limited. Registration is required.

Questions? Please contact the Pima County SmartScape Program office at 520.626.5161, Ext. 120.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the Pima County SmartScape Program at 520-626-5161, Ext. 120. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.

Location: Karsten Turfgrass Research Center

2101 E. Roger Road (Head east on Roger Rd. from Campbell Ave. Continue east past the yellow drop down gate on the left, past the fenced off field and take the dirt road to the white building on the left).  Park in front of or across the street from the building.  Enter through the east doors.

Instructor:

David Kopec, PhD
The University of Arizona, Department of Plant Sciences
http://cals.arizona.edu/turf/

NEWS: UA Science Keeps Fairways Green With Less Water

Dec 1 Mon
Urban Tree Management – Dec. 1, 2, & 3 @ UA/Pima County Cooperative Extension
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Additional (Professional)

In this three-part series, participants will receive in-depth knowledge about managing the trees in our urban desert community.  Topics include structural assessment, stem strength, tree failure prevention, pruning, irrigation and general arboriculture science.

Instructor Juan Barba is a Practicing and Consulting Arborist and the Owner of Juan J. Barba & Associates, Consulting Arboricultural Services. Climbing trees professionally since 1977 and based around a B.S. from the University of Arizona in Landscape & Environmental Horticulture, Juan has vast knowledge of southwestern environmental, cultural, disease and insect problems. He has lectured around the country and has taught at Pima College and presented at the University of Arizona and at several innovative landscape programs for contractors and designers.

Registration Required.

Dec 2 Tue
Urban Tree Management – Dec. 1, 2, & 3 @ UA/Pima County Cooperative Extension
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Additional (Professional)

In this three-part series, participants will receive in-depth knowledge about managing the trees in our urban desert community.  Topics include structural assessment, stem strength, tree failure prevention, pruning, irrigation and general arboriculture science.

Instructor Juan Barba is a Practicing and Consulting Arborist and the Owner of Juan J. Barba & Associates, Consulting Arboricultural Services. Climbing trees professionally since 1977 and based around a B.S. from the University of Arizona in Landscape & Environmental Horticulture, Juan has vast knowledge of southwestern environmental, cultural, disease and insect problems. He has lectured around the country and has taught at Pima College and presented at the University of Arizona and at several innovative landscape programs for contractors and designers.

Registration Required.

Dec 3 Wed
Urban Tree Management – Dec. 1, 2, & 3 @ UA/Pima County Cooperative Extension
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Additional (Professional)

In this three-part series, participants will receive in-depth knowledge about managing the trees in our urban desert community.  Topics include structural assessment, stem strength, tree failure prevention, pruning, irrigation and general arboriculture science.

Instructor Juan Barba is a Practicing and Consulting Arborist and the Owner of Juan J. Barba & Associates, Consulting Arboricultural Services. Climbing trees professionally since 1977 and based around a B.S. from the University of Arizona in Landscape & Environmental Horticulture, Juan has vast knowledge of southwestern environmental, cultural, disease and insect problems. He has lectured around the country and has taught at Pima College and presented at the University of Arizona and at several innovative landscape programs for contractors and designers.

Registration Required.

Jan 6 Tue
Soils, Plants & Water @ Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Recreation
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

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

 

 

Jan 8 Thu
Irrigation & Controllers @ Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Recreation
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

Irrigation and Controllers – 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

 

 

 

Jan 13 Tue
Landscape Water Management @ Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Recreation
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

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

 

Jan 15 Thu
Desert Adapted Plants @ Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Recreation
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

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

 

 

Jan 20 Tue
Plant Selection & Installation @ Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Recreation
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

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

 

 

Jan 22 Thu
Landscape Design & Renovation @ Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Recreation
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

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

 

 

Jan 27 Tue
Maintaining Desert Adapted Plants @ Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Recreation
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

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

 

 

Jan 28 Wed
Hands-On Landscape Design Series (3-Parts) Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb. 25 @ UA/Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: Additional (Homeowner)

Do you want to design or renovate your landscape?  Need some direction about how to start the process or information about plants and maintenance?  The purpose of this series is to provide a method to produce a landscape design for any area in a format which can be implemented as time and budget allow.  You will create your own design on paper for your space.

Supplies needed to complete your project include:
11 x 17 graph paper ¼” or 1/8″ grid
3 7/8″ – 7 1/4″ Circle Template
45 degree triangle
All purpose eraser
Graphic pencils (hard)

Landscape Designer Roger Putney has designed well over 2,000 landscapes for Tucson residents over the past 20+ years.  He started out in the landscape maintenance business and, after trying to maintain landscapes that weren’t working (in so many ways!), decided to earn a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona.  He continues to work in the nursery business and to assist customers with achieving their desired look while having success with their plants.  He has extensive first-hand knowledge and experience in every aspect – from designing and installing to maintaining landscapes in our desert environment.

Class size is very limited (and there is high demand), so please register only if you are certain that you are able to attend all three classes! Registering for any class signs you up for all three.

Jan 29 Thu
Plant Disorders @ Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Recreation
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

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

 

 

 

Feb 3 Tue
Integrated Pest Management/Graduation @ Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Recreation
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

Integrated Pest Management – Discussion is about some of the important insects that affect landscape plants. Integrated Pest Management and cultural controls will be discussed.

Instructor: Carl Olson -  Associate Curator, Lecturer, Assistant in the Extension Department of Entomology at the University of Arizona

 

 

Feb 11 Wed
Hands-On Landscape Design Series (3-Parts) Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb. 25 @ UA/Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: Additional (Homeowner)

Do you want to design or renovate your landscape?  Need some direction about how to start the process or information about plants and maintenance?  The purpose of this series is to provide a method to produce a landscape design for any area in a format which can be implemented as time and budget allow.  You will create your own design on paper for your space.

Supplies needed to complete your project include:
11 x 17 graph paper ¼” or 1/8″ grid
3 7/8″ – 7 1/4″ Circle Template
45 degree triangle
All purpose eraser
Graphic pencils (hard)

Landscape Designer Roger Putney has designed well over 2,000 landscapes for Tucson residents over the past 20+ years.  He started out in the landscape maintenance business and, after trying to maintain landscapes that weren’t working (in so many ways!), decided to earn a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona.  He continues to work in the nursery business and to assist customers with achieving their desired look while having success with their plants.  He has extensive first-hand knowledge and experience in every aspect – from designing and installing to maintaining landscapes in our desert environment.

Class size is very limited (and there is high demand), so please register only if you are certain that you are able to attend all three classes! Registering for any class signs you up for all three.

Feb 25 Wed
Hands-On Landscape Design Series (3-Parts) Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb. 25 @ UA/Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: Additional (Homeowner)

Do you want to design or renovate your landscape?  Need some direction about how to start the process or information about plants and maintenance?  The purpose of this series is to provide a method to produce a landscape design for any area in a format which can be implemented as time and budget allow.  You will create your own design on paper for your space.

Supplies needed to complete your project include:
11 x 17 graph paper ¼” or 1/8″ grid
3 7/8″ – 7 1/4″ Circle Template
45 degree triangle
All purpose eraser
Graphic pencils (hard)

Landscape Designer Roger Putney has designed well over 2,000 landscapes for Tucson residents over the past 20+ years.  He started out in the landscape maintenance business and, after trying to maintain landscapes that weren’t working (in so many ways!), decided to earn a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona.  He continues to work in the nursery business and to assist customers with achieving their desired look while having success with their plants.  He has extensive first-hand knowledge and experience in every aspect – from designing and installing to maintaining landscapes in our desert environment.

Class size is very limited (and there is high demand), so please register only if you are certain that you are able to attend all three classes! Registering for any class signs you up for all three.

Mar 14 Sat
Hands-On Drip Irrigation @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: Additional (Homeowner)

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 correctly in order to have healthier plants while saving water!

 

Instructor: Steve Mallgren

Mar 21 Sat
Rainwater Harvesting Incentives Rebate Program @ Controlled Environment Agriculture Center
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: Rebate Classes

Join Rainwater Harvesting professional, Lincoln Perino, 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 refer to 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.

Please note location: Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC).  Address and map above.

Registration Required.

Mar 25 Wed
Pro Training Module – Irrigation Design, Maintenance and Management – Mar. 25, Apr. 1, Apr. 8 @ UA/Pima County Cooperative Extension
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Additional (Professional)

This 3-part module focuses on practical irrigation information for everyday field applications. Learn basic design concepts, maintenance and management, from the valve to the sprinkler. Hands-on practical experiences to demonstrate skills and techniques taught during lecture. Pre-requisite: Certificate of Completion from Smartscape: A Training Program for Landscape Professionals™ or SmartScape Espanol.  Registration is limited to 15.

Design: March 25th

Maintenance: April 1st

Management: April 8th

Time:

    3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location:

    University of Arizona/Pima County Cooperative Extension

4210 N. Campbell Avenue (E. side of Campbell between Roger & River, across from Trader Joe’s)

Mar 26 Thu
Turf Irrigation Management – Spring, 2015 @ Karsten Turfgrass Research Center
7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: Additional (Professional)

The Spring Class specifically covers the hands-on catch can placement in the field, and the simple calculation of the actual in field precipitation rate. From there the students will learn how long to schedule run times on stand-alone field satellite stations for year round turf (Bermuda and Bermuda over-seeded with rye).

Participation is FREE. Seating is limited. Registration is required.

Please contact the Pima County SmartScape Program office at 520.626.5161, Ext. 120.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the Pima County SmartScape Program at 520-626-5161, Ext. 120. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.

Location: Karsten Turfgrass Research Center

2101 E. Roger Road (Head east on Roger Rd. from Campbell Ave. Continue east past the yellow drop down gate on the left, past the fenced off field and take the dirt road to the white building on the left).  Park in front of or across the street from the building.  Enter through the east doors.

Instructor:

David Kopec, PhD
The University of Arizona, Department of Plant Sciences
http://cals.arizona.edu/turf/

NEWS: UA Science Keeps Fairways Green With Less Water