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UNIT 5 Protecting Water Quality with Landscape Design and Comprehensive Planning

Landscape design and use can directly impact water quality, such as through runoff, plant selection, yardwaste management, and xeriscaping. These issues are discussed in the articles contained in this unit. Comprehensive program planning is further developed, with opportunity to work through and plan your own comprehensive program and maintenance plan. These activities will build on the goals that you set in Unit 4 and the samples covered in Unit 3. The five levels of programming are also introduced.

OBJECTIVES:

  1. Be familiar with the following factors in landscape design: plant selection, placement, water usage, runoff, and yardwaste management

  2. Understand the concept of xeriscaping

  3. Understand yardwaste management techniques, such as composting, and how they impact water quality

  4. Develop a comprehensive plan appropriate for your community

  5. Understand the five levels of educational programming

Understanding Water

  • Landscape Design and Use to Protect Water Quality

  • Yardwaste Management

Becoming a Steward

  • Develop a Comprehensive Plan

  • The Five Levels of Programming

    • Level 1 Programming Resource List

    • Level 2 Programming Resource List

    • Level 3 Programming Resource List

    • Level 4 Programming Resource List

    • Level 5 Programming Resource List

Unit Review

VCE Master Gardener Handbook

1. Chapter 5 Landscape Design 247

Suggested Readings

Understanding Water

Pitt, D.G., W. Gould, Jr., and L. LaSota. 1990. Landscape Design to Reduce Surface Water Pollution in Residential Areas. Maryland Cooperative Extension Service Water Resources Publication 32, pp. 1-10.

Powell, M.A. and T.M. Disy. 1994. Wise Water Use in Landscaping. North Carolina Cooperative Extension Landscaping to Protect Water Quality Publication WQWM-123, pp. 1-4.

Powell, M.A. and T.M. Disy. 1995. How to Plan and Design a Wise-Water- Use Landscape. North Carolina Cooperative Extension Landscaping to Protect Water Quality Publication WQWM-124, pp. 1-6.

Hairston, J.E. and L. Stribling, editors. Conserving Water– Xeriscaping: Landscape Design for Water Conservation. Water Quality and Pollution Control Handbook. Alabama Cooperative Extension Circular ANR-790, p. 1.3.4 1-6.

Relf, D. and A.R. McDaniel. 1993. Planning the Garden. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication 426-312, pp. 1-2.

Relf, D. and A.R. McDaniel. 1994. Intensive Gardening Methods. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication 426-335, pp. 1-4.

Relf, D. 1994. Fall Vegetable Gardening. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication 426-334, pp. 1-4.

Hairston, J.E. and L. Stribling, editors. Protecting Water Quality: Composting Yard Wastes. Water Quality and Pollution Control Handbook. Alabama Cooperative Extension Circular ANR-790, p. 1.2.2 1-3.

Relf, D. and A.R. McDaniel. 1994. Composting. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication 426-325, pp. 1-2.

Staff. 1996. Using Compost in Your Landscape. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication 426-704, pp.1-2.

Becoming a Steward

Developing a Comprehensive Plan

Staff. Developing a Comprehensive Plan. Advanced Master Gardener- Water Steward. Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Lambur, M. 1986. Statement of Goals Related to Problems. Virginia Cooperative Extension Service Toward the Year 2000: Programming Handbook, pp. 45-48. VCE Extension Publication 490-800.

Staff. Defining Your MGWS Action. Advanced Master Gardener-Water Steward. Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Planning the Short-Term Project

Staff. Planning the Short-Term Project. Advanced Master Gardener- Water Steward. Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Staff. Short-Term Project Planning Worksheet. Advanced Master Gardener- Water Steward. Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Resources

Advanced Master Gardener Unit 5 Overview

Protecting Water Quality with Landscape Design

Ponds Module

Rain Barrel Module

Rain Garden/Bioretention Cell Module

Reduce Yard Waste Module

Drainage Issues in the landscape

Drainage Issues in the landscape (small version)

 

 

 

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