2021 WaterSaver Landscape Design School - Virtual

Session 1: Design Process Overview of class – May 10

What is covered:

Xeriscaping: Planning, Soil Analysis and Improvement, Plant Selection, Turfgrass, Efficient Irrigation, Use of Mulches, Appropriate Maintenance.

Seasons in Texas: Fifteen days winter – three hundred fifty days summer. Unique ability to survive in our area. Utilization of information and material in our area.

Assistance: Do It Yourself project, Professional input, Professional Installation, Timeline for “completion”, Understand when certain plants can be planted.

Take-Aways: You will learn the plants that are “right” for your area and why.

Bring It Home: What is your environment? Sun or Shade? How close is your water source to your proposed garden?

Learn More – Additional Resources Available:

“Lone Star Gardening” by Neil Sperry.

“San Antonio Landscape Care Guide” by SAWS

“Native and Adapted Landscape Plants” an Earthwise guide for Central Texas by Texas AgriLife Extension

San Antonio River Authority Website: https://www.sariverauthority.org/be-river-proud/ecosystems/ecosystems-san-antonio-river-watershed to learn which ecosystem you are in

Session 2: Gardening Basics – May 12

What is covered:

Gardening Basics: Prep, Soil, Hardscape, Hardiness Maps, Sun/Shade, Personal Design Priority, Local Water Restrictions.

Enrichment of Soils: Compost, Mulch. Purchase of quality soil. Soil test. Types of Fertilizer. Cover Crops

Irrigation: Drip, inground, hose. Rainwater capture.

Take-Aways: You will learn how to feed and supplement the soil for best results. You will learn how to create a timeline for completion and understand when certain plants can be planted.

Bring It Home: What does your environment need?

Learn More – Additional Resources Available:

“Lone Star Gardening” by Neil Sperry

“San Antonio Landscape Care Guide” by SAWS

Texas AgriLife Extension Website: https://agrilifeextension.tamu.edu/solutions/soil-testing/ for information on soils and fertilizers

Session 3: Extras – May 17

What is covered:

Hardscape in your plan, Pervious hardscape, Outdoor rooms, River rock areas, pergolas, granite/gravel pathways.

Areas of Concern: Location of turf grasses vs mulched beds, rainwater runoff from areas, children/pets on the property, Digging into the ground (811), location of trees.

Additions to the landscape: Herbicides, insecticides; use and safety of each in the landscape.

Take-Aways: You will learn various considerations to address when making the design changes for your yard.

Bring It Home: What do you want to achieve with the design? What do you want to change and why? What needs to be incorporated into your new area?

Learn More – Additional Resources Available:

Texas AgriLife Extension Website: https://agrilifeextension.tamu.edu/library/gardening/herbicides-how-they-work-and-the-symptoms-they-cause/ for information on herbicides

“San Antonio Landscape Care Guide” by SAWS

Session 4: Using Technology – May 19

What is covered:

GardenStyle, Online classes, web sites, Design, Landscape Calculations.

Specifications: Proposed design, documents, contracts, contractors, pricing, guarantees.

Take-Aways: You will learn about documents needed and those that should be provided when developing a design.

Bring It Home: Is DIY or Contractor best for you? Do you want a professional’s design, then you install it?

Session 5: Beds – May 24

What is covered:

Border beds, Curbing used, Raised beds, Rain gardens, Container gardening

Take-Aways: You will learn how to maintain your garden: Mowing, seasonal transplanting, keeping tools in good shape, pruning as needed, additional mulch/compost.

Bring It Home: What options catch your interest? How can you incorporate those options into your design?

Learn More – Additional Resources Available:

“Lone Star Gardening” by Neil Sperry

“Native Texas Plants” by Sally Wasowski and Andy Wasowski

Session 6: Gardens – May 26

What is covered:

Flowers, Bulbs, Perennials, Annuals, Biennials, Butterfly gardening, Native plants, Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits.

Take-Aways: You will learn the ten most common mistakes made by gardeners and landscapers

Bring It Home: What plant types can you incorporate into your garden design?

Learn More – Additional Resources Available:

“Lone Star Gardening” by Neil Sperry

“Native and Adapted Landscape Plants” an Earthwise guide for Central Texas by Texas AgriLife Extension

“Texas Fruit and Vegetable Gardening” by Greg Grant

“Native Texas Plants” by Sally Wasowski and Andy Wasowski