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BASIC LANDSCAPE DESIGN SERIES - Whether you’re designing a first-time landscape or remodeling an existing landscape, learn the steps for creating a look that you will enjoy.

The class will cover creating focal points, entryways, how to frame your home or preserve a view and water wise landscaping. Tuesday August 12, 19 and 26 from 1:00-3:30 PM or 6:00-8:30 PM Tuesday, September 9, 16, 23 & 30 from 10:00 AM- Noon Cost: $40.00 Instructor: Larry Sagers

Guidelines for Water Conservation Designing a landscape is a very important step. Many individuals waste a great deal of money and a great deal of time because they just start planting without designing their landscape. They plant many plants and then a few years later they end up removing the plants and starting over again. Not only does this waste money but you can never get back the time.

Trees and other plants take time to grow. If they are not selected and planted properly, they become liabilities instead of assets and end up costing you money for constant pruning, pest control and eventual removal. Follow the following suggestions to help design a successful landscape.

•Plan and Design.

•Improve the soil with organic matter to enhance drainage and moisture retention.

•Contour landscape to minimize runoff.

•Use appropriate plants and hydrazone the landscape. (Group plants together according to their water requirements)

•Create practical areas of lawn of manageable sizes, shapes and appropriate grasses and limit turf to areas where it provides a functional benefit.

•Strategically plant trees and shrubs to reduce runoff and minimize erosion.

•Use mulches in shrub and perennial borders, preferably organic mulches that conserve soil moisture and increase soil nutrients. Mulch at least 5' in diameter around each tree planted in turf areas.

•Maintain the landscape properly by mowing, pruning, fertilizing, watering, weeding, and deadheading properly.

•Irrigate efficiently - not excessively. Use properly designed systems and apply the right amount of water at the right time for each hydrazone.

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