Professional Classes

University of Arizona faculty and local business professionals provide informative, research-based instruction designed to promote best landscape management practices for the urban Sonoran Desert. Workshops are for landscape professionals or representatives in areas such as:
  • Landscape Installation & Maintenance
  • Irrigation
  • Pest & Weed Control
  • Design/Architecture
  • Property Management
  • HOA/Neighborhood Associations
  • Nurseries
  • Groundskeeping for Schools/Parks, Multi-family, Commercial, Municipal
  • Students also welcome!
Program goals are to:
  • Provide sound understanding of the art and science underlying conventional landscaping
  • Foster best management practices for creating and maintaining healthy urban landscapes
  • Educate participants regarding the need for water-conservation
  • Encourage the use of water-efficient practices and technologies
Participation is FREE. Seating is limited. Registration is required. For more information, please visit the individual class pages. You may also contact the Pima County SmartScape Program office at 520.626.5161, Ext. 120, or email khanshaw@cals.arizona.edu.

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.

Smartscape: A Training Program for Landscape Professionals™

SmartScape Espanol

Additional Professional Classes
 
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

Apr 1 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)

Apr 2 Thu
Smartscape Español- Orientación/Suelos, Plantas y Agua 2 Abril @ UA/Pima County Cooperative Extension
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: SmartScape Español

Esta clase es la base para entender  la relación entre suelos, plantas y agua y es el cimiento para el curso de Smartscape Professional Series (Serie de Smartscape en Español) Esta instrucción se enfoca en la textura  y estructura del suelo y como afecta el movimiento del agua, velocidad de infiltración y capacidad de absorción y retención del agua (CC). Se discute también una serie de mecanismos que la planta utiliza para regular el uso del agua

Esta clase se enfoca en: Elementos básicos de los suelos, crecimiento de las plantas y la función del agua

Instructor: José Cano – Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Recreation

Apr 4 Sat
Pro Training Module – Creating and Maintaining Healthy Landscapes – Apr. 4, Apr. 18 & May 2 @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: Additional (Professional)

Understanding environmental factors, soil conditions and local pests and diseases will help us become better stewards of the landscape.  The objective of this series is to provide participants an opportunity to learn what it takes to develop healthy landscapes and to develop a plan of action for the landscapes in their care.

Each class consists of both classroom and field activities. Come prepared to make practical applications of the ideas and information presented.

Class #1 Understanding Your Site and Your Soil

  • 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.

Class #2 Cultural Practices for a Healthy Landscape

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.

Class #3 What To Do When Pests and Diseases Happen

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 affects to beneficial insects and plants in the garden.

 

 

Apr 7 Tue
Smartscape Español- Irrigación y Controles (relojes) 7 Abril @ UA/Pima County Cooperative Extension
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: SmartScape Español

En esta clase se discute acerca de varios sistemas de riego y se enfoca en el diseño, instalación y programación de riego por goteo. Su mantenimiento  e identificación de problemas.

Esta clase se enfoca en: Características principales de los controles de riego. Incluyendo programación y ajustes de acuerdo con el factor de ET (Evapotranspiración) / y la demanda por agua, estación del año y cambios del clima.

Instructor: José Cano, Pima County Parks & Recreation

Apr 8 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)

Apr 9 Thu
Smartscape Español- El Manejo Del Agua en Los Jardines 9 Abril @ UA/Pima County Cooperative Extension
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: SmartScape Español

Reducir el uso del agua, reduciendo su desperdicio, creando un sistema de riego eficiente. Los estudiantes aprenderán acerca de los horarios de riego (programas), técnicas de irrigación y prácticas culturales y explica todos los factores que se aprenden durante toda la serie del programa  que influencian el buen manejo del agua en los jardines en general.

Esta clase se enfoca en: Aprender a integrar los conceptos básicos en la operación de los sistemas de riego de acuerdo con el tipo de planta, propiedades del suelo y la capacidad del  sistema de riego

Instructor: Jose Cano, Pima County Parks & Recreation

Apr 14 Tue
Smartscape Español- Mantenimiento de Plantas Adaptadas al Desierto (Poda y Fertilizantes) 14 Abril @ UA/Pima County Cooperative Extension
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: SmartScape Español

Esta clase divide el mantenimiento de plantas del desierto en dos categorías – poda y fertilización. Todas las instrucciones acerca de la poda están basadas en las recomendaciones de La Asociación Internacional De Arboricultura y se usan transparencias  y ejemplos con cortes de madera del árbol para explicar mejor los puntos principales del instructor  acerca de la poda. La sección de fertilización  se enfoca en las necesidades de las plantas por micronutrientes y micronutrientes  para seleccionar el fertilizante correcto y como calcular la cantidad adecuada del fertilizante para la compra y aplicación.

Instructor: José Cano – Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Recreation

Apr 16 Thu
Smartscape Español- Desordenes en Las Plantas 16 Abril @ UA/Pima County Cooperative Extension
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: SmartScape Español

Los estudiantes aprenderán acerca de algunos  de los organismos que afectan  a las plantas en los jardines.  Manejo Integral de pestes (IPM) y controles  culturales  serán  discutidos.

Esta clase se enfoca en: Reconocer los factores que causan que las plantas no se desarrollen sanas o mueran en los jardines. Y como evitar o corregir estos problemas.

Instructor: Jesús Gastelum  – Westward Look Resort

 

Apr 18 Sat
Pro Training Module – Creating and Maintaining Healthy Landscapes – Apr. 4, Apr. 18 & May 2 @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: Additional (Professional)

Understanding environmental factors, soil conditions and local pests and diseases will help us become better stewards of the landscape.  The objective of this series is to provide participants an opportunity to learn what it takes to develop healthy landscapes and to develop a plan of action for the landscapes in their care.

Each class consists of both classroom and field activities. Come prepared to make practical applications of the ideas and information presented.

Class #1 Understanding Your Site and Your Soil

  • 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.

Class #2 Cultural Practices for a Healthy Landscape

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.

Class #3 What To Do When Pests and Diseases Happen

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 affects to beneficial insects and plants in the garden.

 

 

Apr 21 Tue
Smartscape Español- Control Integral de Pestes (Plagas y enfermedades) y Control de Malas Hierbas 21 Abril @ UA/Pima County Cooperative Extension
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: SmartScape Español

Esta clase se enfoca en: Identificación de los insectos más comunes (pestes) y otras especies de animales que pueden representar un problema en los jardines; hábitat y condiciones climatológicas que atraen o repelen las plagas y enfermedades.

Conceptos básicos de control de malas hiervas en jardines y campos deportivos (zacate)  (1) ciclo de vida de las hierbas y en que estación del ano aparecen  (2)  Entender el método más efectivo de cómo prevenir las hierbas  (pre-emergentes) y erradicación de hierbas  (post emergente)  (3)  Herbicidas selectivos  vs. Herbicidas no selectivos (4) formulaciones y recomendaciones especiales para su aplicación.

Instructor: Jesús Gastelum  – Westward Look Resort

 

Apr 23 Thu
Smartscape Español- Plantas Adaptadas al Diesierto 23 Abril @ UA/Pima County Cooperative Extension
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: SmartScape Español

En esta clase identificaremos muchas de las plantas mas comunes usadas en los jardines del desierto y provee información y discusión de las características de estas plantas que las hace adecuadas para los jardines urbanos y suburbanos… Características Especiales tales como color de la flor, temporada de desarrollo, tamaño y Resistencia a las heladas, especificaciones del mantenimiento y otras consideraciones.

Instructor: Raymundo Ocampo – Westward Look Resort

Apr 28 Tue
Smartscape Español- Selección de Plantas e instalación (Plantación) 28 Abril @ UA/Pima County Cooperative Extension
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: SmartScape Español

Esta clase se enfoca en: Factores que se deben tener en cuenta al seleccionar las plantas en el vivero y reglas en general de como plantar y estaquear las plantas si es necesario estaquearlas

Instructor: Raymundo Ocampo – Westward Look Resort

Apr 30 Thu
Smartscape Español- Diseño y Renovación de Los Jardines/Graduación 30 Abril @ UA/Pima County Cooperative Extension
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: SmartScape Español

Esta clase se enfoca en los principios y conceptos de diseño e instalación de jardines. Dándole especial atención a jardines en la categoría de  Xeriscape y remodelación de jardines con un alto uso del agua por uno de bajo uso del agua. Los estudiantes aprenderán  a interpretar los planos de diseños de jardines.  Diseños de jardines eficientes que toman en cuenta y evitan los incendios, como por ejemplo jardines que dirigen el agua de lluvia y aprovechan el agua de lluvia, y toman en cuenta las épocas del año.

Instructor: Raymundo Ocampo – Westward Look Resort

May 2 Sat
Pro Training Module – Creating and Maintaining Healthy Landscapes – Apr. 4, Apr. 18 & May 2 @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: Additional (Professional)

Understanding environmental factors, soil conditions and local pests and diseases will help us become better stewards of the landscape.  The objective of this series is to provide participants an opportunity to learn what it takes to develop healthy landscapes and to develop a plan of action for the landscapes in their care.

Each class consists of both classroom and field activities. Come prepared to make practical applications of the ideas and information presented.

Class #1 Understanding Your Site and Your Soil

  • 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.

Class #2 Cultural Practices for a Healthy Landscape

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.

Class #3 What To Do When Pests and Diseases Happen

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 affects to beneficial insects and plants in the garden.