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Earth - Kind Landscape Demonstrations. Selecting and Preparing Demonstrators . Earth-Kind Training/Seminars/Conference Sample Agenda Principles of Earth-Kind Landscape Design for Water Conservation Plant Selection Soil Preparation Irrigation Efficiency Lawn Care

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Earth kind landscape demonstrations

Earth-Kind Landscape Demonstrations


Selecting and preparing demonstrators

Selecting and Preparing Demonstrators

Earth-Kind Training/Seminars/Conference

Sample Agenda

  • Principles of Earth-Kind

  • Landscape Design for Water Conservation

  • Plant Selection

  • Soil Preparation

  • Irrigation Efficiency

  • Lawn Care

  • Water Conserving Landscape Practices

Optional Speakers

  • Mengmeng Gu

  • Dotty Woodson

  • Steve Chaney

  • Greg Church


Demonstration site selection

Demonstration Site Selection

  • No or few water conservation practices in place

  • Demonstrator very interested in conserving water

  • Spend money to save money

  • Willing to adopt all or many water conserving practices

  • Willing to collect and submit data

  • Willing to share information with others, allow pictures, interviews, etc.


Initial site visit landscape evaluation

Initial Site VisitLandscape Evaluation

  • Identify elements of the landscape that can be improved with Earth-Kind practices

  • Poor Design

  • Poor plant selection

  • No soil preparation

  • No mulch in beds

  • Lawn performance poor

  • Lawn cut too short

  • Lawn on compacted soils


Before and after

Before and After


Initial site visit irrigation evaluation

Initial Site VisitIrrigation Evaluation

  • Poor performance

  • Clogged nozzles

  • Misdirected heads

  • Mismatched heads

  • Leaking or Broken pipes/heads/valves

  • Too high or too low water pressure

  • Irrigation head too low

  • Grass too high

  • Tree, shrubs, groundcover grown to block irrigation

  • Bad Design

  • Poor coverage

  • Water bubbling, dripping or gushing all the time or just during run time

  • Runoff occurs before adequate water applied

  • Area along road, driveway or sidewalk stays too dry


Water conservation services upgrade irrigation system

Water ConservationServicesUpgrade Irrigation System

  • Set irrigation controller to comply with water restrictions

    • Day of week

    • Time of day

  • Install/check Rain and Freeze Sensor

  • Upgrade Controller

    • Seasonal Adjustment

    • Cycle and Soak

    • Smart Controller

  • Check irrigation system for efficiency

    • Make any repairs

  • Correct irrigation design if necessary

  • Replace spray emitters with water conserving emitters

  • Convert to Drip Irrigation


Charge to water conserving nozzles

Charge to Water Conserving Nozzles


Up grade controller

Up Grade Controller


Change to drip irrigation

Change to Drip Irrigation


Fix problems

Fix Problems


Other water conserving practices

Other Water Conserving Practices

  • Maintain 2 to 4 inches Mulch in all planted beds - shrubs, groundcover, flowers

  • Cut lawn 1/3 taller during hot summer

  • Do not fertilize in heat of summer

  • Aerate compacted lawns

    • Add ½” compost to increase infiltration rate

  • Don’t Bag It


Long term investments in landscapes

Long Term Investments in Landscapes

  • Add shade

    • Plant tree

    • Shade cloth

    • Trellis

  • Use Alternative Water fro Irrigation

    • Rainwater harvesting

    • Air conditioner condensate

    • Graywater

  • Rain Garden for stormwater protection

    • Prevent Erosion


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