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Program Schedule

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The Desert Landscape School program is consisted of 27 weekly classes divided in six modules and offered from September through March of each year.


2013-2014 Program Schedule

Weekly Class Schedule

Module I: Introduction to the Desert Landscape

  • Desert Environment
  • Plant Biology for Desert Landscapes
  • Desert Soils and Fertilization
  • Landscape Processes - Design/Construction/Management

Module II: Selection and Care of Desert Trees

  • Desert Trees
  • Tree Planting and Staking
  • Pruning Principles for Trees
  • Pruning Practice

Module III: Sustainable Practices in Water and Pest Management 

  • Pests and Pesticide Safety 
  • Plant Health Management
  • Creating Sustainable Landscapes
  • THANKSGIVING BREAK
  • Irrigation Systems
  • Irrigation Practices  

Module IV: Desert Landscape Life Forms

  • Shrubs and Ornamental Grasses
  • Annuals, Perennials, Vines, and Ground Covers
  • TWO WEEK HOLIDAY BREAK
  • TWO WEEK HOLIDAY BREAK
  • Agaves and Yuccas 
  • Cacti and Succulents

Module V: Landscape Design

  • Basic Drafting Skills, Client Interview and Site Analysis
  • Landscape Design Process and Practice                 
  • Design Development
  • Design Presentation and Client Deliverables 

Module VI: Capstone - Landscape Installation

  • Landscape Installation I
  • Landscape Installation II
  • Landscape Installation III
  • Landscape Installation IV
  • Landscape Installation V
2013-2014 Program Schedule

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