Learn how to stabilize slopes at workshop
Local experts from the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and area landscape design firms will help landowners, developers and landscapers learn how to vegetate and stabilize sloping property in a daylong workshop April 1.
Slope erosion is a key issue for many property owners as new developments move into the hillsides surrounding the Truckee Meadows. Eroding slopes not only clog stormwater drains with debris, but they can also damage area streams and rivers with water-clouding runoff. Bare slopes are also a prime habitat for invasive weeds that can become established faster than native plants and create a fire hazards for nearby homes.
"Sloping land poses a special challenge," Cooperative Extension water quality expert Sue Donaldson said, "but this workshop will help developers, landscapers and homeowners select the right plants and irrigation methods."
The workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be held at the Associated General Contractors’ conference room at 5400 Mill St. in Reno. The cost is $25 before March 25 and $50 after and includes lunch. Registration is limited to 100 participants.
The workshop will cover how to:
- Amend soils to improve moisture-holding capacity;
- Select plant materials that will stabilize disturbed soils without increasing risk of wildfire;
- Plan irrigation to reduce runoff and create water-efficient designs for slopes.
Cooperative Extension speakers include Leslie Allen, who will discuss how to improve "lean and mean" urban soils; JoAnne Skelly, who will talk about how to select seeds and plants to create defensible space; and Donaldson, who will discuss how to manage weeds on disturbed soils.
In addition, Ed Kleiner from Comstock Seed, Scott Geschieder from Moana Lane Nursery, Kreg Mebust from Jeff Codega Planning and Design, and Tom Stille from Pinyon Design/Interpretive Gardens will give presentations and be on hand to answer questions.