Becoming a recognized green professional
For green industry professionals with a desire to sharpen their abilities to establish and maintain environmentally sustainable landscapes - these workshops are for you.
The Green Pros program will increase your knowledge of ways to establish low maintenance, water saving, and attractive landscapes that fit in with our North Texas climate. That means less need for pesticides, fertilizers, and water.
The details of the 2017 workshop series are in. Here’s an overview of what to expect. Courses will consist of five half-day sessions scheduled every other week over a nine week period from January -March 2017. All classes will be held from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m at the Grapevine Botanic Garden (Bessie Mitchell House, 411 Ball Street, Grapevine).
Total cost for the series is $75.00. Price includes breakfast and all course materials, including a 160-page Extension publication, Earth-Kind Landscape Management. Class size is limited to 35 to allow for discussion and activities.
Completion of the series will allow you to feature your company or yourself in our online directory of Water Efficient Recognized Green Professionals.
Topics covered over the course of the five workshops, include:
- January 11: Water conservation and water efficient landscapes
Course objectives: Gain a better understanding of North Texas water supplies, providers, and why conservation is important. Learn the basic principles of water efficient landscaping.
- January 25: Native and adapted trees, shrubs, and perennials - selection, care, and maintenance
Course objectives: Become familiar with the most commonly used native and adapted plants that thrive in our North Texas climate, and ways to keep them performing at their best. Also, learn more about crepe myrtles, one of the most used small trees in our region.
- February 8: All about turf grass
Course objectives: Learn and understand turfgrass varieties appropriate for North Texas. Dive deeper into the selection, care, maintenance, and management of these grasses.
- February 22: Ins and outs of low impact landscaping
Course objectives: Explore low impact landscape design practices that protect water quality and increase sustainability in both residential and commercial settings.
- March 8: Irrigation technology and scheduling
Course objectives: Proper irrigation is critical to plant growth and appearance. Irrigation programming and scheduling are key to maintaining a healthy landscape. Learn about new technologies and how to apply them.