Pros get lessons in landscaping |

Pros get lessons in landscaping

Want to learn more about taking care of your yard?

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension has scheduled five classes in March and April to do just that. And more classes will follow.

“We’ve designed the first five classes to be a little bit more for professionals, people who have quite a bit of experience with landscape maintenance,” said John Cobourn of the Cooperative Extension. “Later on we’ll have an increased number of events for the man on the street, the average resident.”

The workshops are supposed to teach about the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Best Management Practices, which are upgrades individual property owners can make on their land to help protect the water quality of Lake Tahoe. Landscape professionals can earn certificates at each meeting, showing that they have passed TRPA-approved landscaping classes. Preregistration is recommended.

Included with the materials will be a 160-page “Home Landscaping Guide for Lake Tahoe.” The Cooperative Extension and TRPA have been working on the guide for more than a year, and it is supposed to include information on irrigation systems, native plants, defensible space and more.

The first meeting, scheduled for March 23 at the Kahle Community Center in Stateline, will be the first time the landscape guides will be available. Later they will be available from other sources. The guides will be free.

Upcoming classes

– Turf Management, Irrigation and Fertilization – March 23, Kahle Community Center, Stateline

– Revegetation of Disturbed Site: What to Do, and What Plants to Use, Soil Amendments, Composting – March 30, Kahle Community Center, Stateline

– Forest Health; Fuels Management – April 5 at Round Hill Fire Protection District; April 7 at Aspen Grove Center, Incline Village

– Residential Best Management Practices for Contractors – April 14 at North Tahoe Conference Center, Kings Beach; and April 21 at Zephyr Cove Library

– Pest Management and Bark Beetles – April 27, Truckee Meadows Community College, Room 211, Incline Village

Information: (775) 784-4848

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