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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



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






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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