Approved APLD Sessions 2017-04-20T20:28:50+00:00

APLD Approved Sessions

Gain the most APLD CEUs for your Professional Landscape Designer Certification by choosing from the below sessions.

Rachelle Kemp, TCLP, TMCNP

Don’t Leave Your Customers in the Dark! Add Landscape Lighting To Your Business

This presentation would cover the basics of adding low voltage LED landscape lighting to an existing green industry business


1. Design Basics
2. Installation
3. Best Practices

Charles Swanson

ET Programs for Landscape Irrigation

This presentation will discuss the use of evapotranspiration (ET) in managing landscape irrigation water use. Presentation will cover a review of basic ET concepts, irrigation products in the marketplace that use ET and residential programs and resources for landscape managers and homeowners to access and utilize ET information.


1) Introduction and Review of ET Concepts
2) Overview of the TexasET Network
3) The EPA WaterSense Programs labeling of weather based irrigation controllers
4) ET Controller Products and 6 year summary of ET based controllers trend and performance in Texas
5) Introduction of Agrilife Extensions Water My Yard Program for helping homeowners and landscape irrigation managers determine weekly irrigation runtimes using ET concepts

Laura Miller, TCNP

Protecting Pollinators

This presentation will provide for discussion of one of the most important environmental issues facing the Green Industry, the protection of honey bees and other native pollinators, and how we can minimize the negative impact of insecticide use with product selection and timing, as well as maximize the positive impact that ornamental plants can have on pollinator habitat.


1. Where to find pollinator protection information on a pesticide label
2. How to provide pollinator habitat
3. What we know and don’t know about the impact of pesticides on pollinators

Dr. Whitney Griffin

Landscape Design Basics: Principles, Elements, and Maintenance Mindfulness

An introductory-level presentation reviewing the principles and elements of landscape design, and how to create aesthetically pleasing landscapes that minimize man hours and maintenance. Design principles and elements will be geared primarily towards residential applications; maintenance mindfulness will be applicable towards residential and commercial applications.


Attendees will learn the 5 principles of design and how they relate to the landscape. They will also be introduced to the 5 elements of design and how those elements are manipulated to change the way a person sees or experiences a landscape. Finally, attendees will learn how to manipulate and “tweak” designs to save man hours, labor, and decrease maintenance costs.

Dotty Woodson

Rainwater Harvesting for Urban Irrigation

Water use increases from 35 to 70% during the irrigation season. Water utilities must have the supply, treatment capability and infrastructure to supply this increased water demand. As large urban areas grow in population and development, the cost of supply, treatment and infrastructure increases therefore the water cost to customers increase. An affordable option for landscape irrigation is rainwater harvesting..


1. Rainwater Harvesting for Irrigation
2. Water Conservation
3. Stormwater Management

Anne-Marie Callcott

Federal Regulations and Management of Imported Fire Ants in Nursery and Landscape Situations

This presentation will present both general management practices and quarantine compliances that can impact the nursery and landscape industries in Texas. Texas is only partially infested with IFA and while the Federal IFA Quarantine is applicable to the movement of regulated items/nursery stock form Texas to other states, Texas has an internal quarantine that regulates the movement of nursery stock within the state. An overview of the Federal IFA Quarantine regulations will be discussed as well as the differences in management of IFA in nursery systems depending on whether you are treating for the Federal IFA Quarantine or for general sanitation reasons.


1. Knowledge of the Federal Imported Fire Ant Quarantine and where to find info
a. Regulations and requirements
b. Approved treatments
2. Management of IFA in nursery and landscape areas for general sanitation purposes

Dr. Tim Pannkuk

Using ET Data for Landscape Decisions

An explanation of weather station ET data for use in landscape irrigation decision making. Benefits and shortcomings of ET data will also be presented, as well as recent findings in landscape water conservation research.


1. Audience will comprehend weather station ET data
2. Audience will understand how to use ET data for irrigation decision making
3. Audience will comprehend both benefits and shortcomings of weather station ET data

Dr. Fouad Jaber

Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Design and Performance in Texas

Urbanization has resulted in increased imperviousness which resulted in larger runoff flow rates, volume and deteriorated water quality. Traditional stormwater management has focused mainly on flood reduction by conveying water in large pipes to stormwater sewers resulting in higher flows and pollution in streams and lakes. This resulted in increased streambank erosion, increased water quality impairments in Texas streams and increased eutrophication and fish kills in lakes. Green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) which includes bio-retention areas (rain gardens), permeable pavements, rainwater harvesting and green roofs have presented a viable alternative to traditional conveyance management. These practices increase infiltration, reduce runoff flow rates and volume and improve water quality in a decentralized approach. A experimental setup was built at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas where these practices were designed, built, and monitored for performance over a period of three years. GSI reduce flows and volumes by more than 50% and improved water quality by removing 80% or more of sediments and reducing Nitrate, phosphate and E. coli.


1. Understand the impact of urbanization on streams and lakes
2. Understand the design of Green Stormwater Infrastructure
3. Evaluate the performance of GSI in Texas

Dr. Kenneth Farrish

Advance Water Properties of Soil and How These Properties Effect Your Irrigation Procedures

In this presentation, gain informative insight on how water and soil relate and learn to understand how particular soil properties effect aspects of water including soil water content, water potentials, water movement, water coefficients and available water capacity. Also gain understanding on the overall hydrologic cycle and how routine soil procedures impact water/soil properties.


1. Measuring Soil Water Content
2. Soil Water Potentials, Movement and Coefficients
3. Available Water Capacity within Soils
4. Factors Affecting Total Available Water such as Soils and the Hydrologic Cycle, Soil Aeration and Soil Drainage.

Dr. Marco Palma

Neuromarketing Agricultural Products

The presentation will highlight the connection between the neurobiological roots of human behavior and purchasing decisions. A brief introduction will present advances in Neuroeconomics and how it has evolved to create new fields such as consumer neuroscience. The principal areas of the brain related to human decision making will be presented and their importance to marketing will be discussed. Key marketing concepts will be made throughout the presentation with an emphasis to product quality, branding, prestige, and product differentiation. Get an insight look into the mind of the consumer, what drives or limits decisions.


1. This presentation will provide a basic understanding of the consumer mind.
2. Practical examples will be used to illustrate the influence of social context, product attributes and differentiation, prestige, peer pressure, and other motivators of purchasing decisions.

Nicholas Staddon

Therapeutic Plant Values into your Plant Selection

Horticultural therapy is a time-proven practice, and therapeutic benefits of garden environments have been documented since ancient times. Join Nicholas Staddon for an introduction into this growing and much used area of opportunity, not only for our profession, but the people and communities that in the end will reap the benefits.


1. A basic introduction into Horticultural Therapy and the recipients of the program.
2. An overview as to the varied landscapes and gardens that embrace Horticultural Therapy.
3. A broad and varied listing and description of plants that are and can be used and applied in Horticultural Therapy.
4. Resource information pertaining to the American Horticultural Therapy Association, suggested reading and research material, as well as local resources of information pertaining to the program.

Dr. Sam Feagley

Maintaining Soil Fertility in an Urban Environment

Maintaining plant growth in an urban environment is critical to the reduction of erosion of soil particles and landscape aesthetics. Maintaining plant growth starts with the correct selections of plant materials for the soils in the area because some plants do best in acid soils, some do best in near neutral soils, and some do best in alkaline soils. The next part is maintaining sufficient nutrients and water for the plants to grow. Soil testing is the only way to determine the pH and chemistry of the soil to help select the appropriate plants and sources and amounts of nutrients. Water quality and quantity of application is also important to assure the amount of plant growth desired and reduce the potential for runoff and erosion of nutrients and soil.


1. How and when to collect soil and water samples.
2. Selection of appropriate laboratory for analyses and appropriate analyses for soil and water.
3. Interpretation of soil and water analyses.
4. Sources of nutrients, application rate, and application timing.
5. Irrigation system calibration and scheduling irrigation.

Patrick Dickinson

Connecting the water drops in Texas Landscapes

A holistic view of the next generation Texas landscape. We hear all the time about practices we should be incorporating into Texas landscapes like alternative water, native & adaptive plants, irrigation audits and new irrigation technology, but how do they all fit together? What does it look like and how efficient are the new landscapes when we combine all of these practices? Which of these practices are necessary for a more sustainable landscape?


1. Understanding alternative water resources and uses in the landscape
2. In-depth look at water efficient landscapes
3. Best practices for creating and maintaining a more sustainable landscape

Janet Rademacher

Durable, Drought-Tolerant Plants for Texas!

A selection of 30 hardy trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, groundcovers and succulents which are adapted throughout Texas will be shared and discussed.


1. Learn the characteristics, growing requirements, and pros and cons of approximately 30 durable, drought tolerant plants adapted to Texas.
2. See examples of these plants used in landscapes.
3. Understand the anticipated availability, and which container sizes they are generally grown in

Chris Gaines

Integrating Auxiliary Water Supply and Stormwater Management into Landscape Systems

With rising population and the uncertainty of our climate patterns, the stress on our local water resources is only going to become greater. Taking a long-term view on the situation may be the only way for us to alleviate this stress. In this presentation, we will examine two methods that can reduce the stress on our local water resources. Incorporating auxiliary water supply opportunities into our landscapes, we can reduce our demand for municipal water, allowing our homes and properties to become more self-sufficient. Integrating green stormwater management or low impact development techniques into our landscapes, we lessen the potential negative affect that stormwater runoff has on our local communities while creating better landscapes.


• Learn about the various auxiliary water opportunities on a property
• Learn how to plan your landscapes for auxiliary water use
• Learn about the many different green stormwater management techniques available for your toolkit
• Learn how to take an integrated view of water conservation and stormwater management

Daniel Cunningham

Thought for Food: A Green Industry Trend

Vegetables, herbs, fruits and other edible landscape plants add color variety, contrasting textures, various interesting forms to landscapes, while at the same time providing a fresh supply of delicious ingredients for the table. Many plants traditionally thought of as strictly edibles have great ornamental value as well, allowing for increased marketability, by offering both beauty and function when incorporated into an existing landscape or specifically designed into an edible garden space. This growing “Foodscaping” trend is not limited to just home gardens. Edible landscapes are being planned and planted in neighborhoods and communities across Texas. Target both eco-friendly and more traditional customers by learning how the edible landscaping trend can open a garden of possibilities for your business.


At the conclusion of this presentation participants will be familiar with marketing strategies of green the industry trend, edible landscaping; recognize specific plant material adapted to Texas which serve as highly ornamental and desirable edibles; and predict how to use this trend to benefit their niche of the green industry as the interest in developing environmentally conscious landscapes grows.