Using Compost to Create Sustainable Landscape Sites to Manage Drought, Stormwater and Erosion

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I. General Topic:
Using compost to create sustainable landscape sites, and to manage drought, storm water and erosion

II. Introduction:
Healthy soil is the foundation of successful landscapes. Soil restoration is at the core of ASLA’s Sustainable Sites Initiative, because it is essential for water conservation, climate protection, storm water management, and human and wildlife habitat. Soil and site best practices (which include compost) are now required in California (e.g., Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance), and in an increasing number of Low Impact Development and storm water projects (e.g., bioretention soils). And they can save the savvy practitioner money and time on a variety of development projects, as well as assure long-term planting success. In California, not only are high quality compost products currently available throughout the State, but also specifications which will allow its proper usage.

This presentation will provide technical and practical data, as well as specifications for the use of compost in traditional landscaping and non-traditional “green infrastructural” applications. It will provide practical techniques for:
• Complying with soil BMPs
• Protecting existing soil and vegetation
• Using compost and other organic amendments effectively
• Understanding how to specify and inspect soil and compost
• Using organics as approved erosion control BMPs
• Innovative site BMPs such as living embankments, flood and slide restoration
• Practical “lessons learned” from many projects: big, small, urban, rural, public and private.

Various, CA
Distance Learning
Course Equivalency
Sustainable Development & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
• The proper application and usage of compost products - general landscaping and soil and water protection/conservation,
• How to identify and purchase quality sources of compost,
• The scientific and practical benefits of improving 'soil health', and
• Trends in Soil and Site Best Management Practice and' Green’ Building.
Ron Alexander
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R Alexander Associates, Inc.

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