CA Friendly Landscape Training Program

Residential Course Description

The California Friendly Landscape Training Program is sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and is offered through a partnership with the Municipal Water District of Orange County. 


The residential program features a three-hour class covering the following topics: Taking a Watershed Approach; Building a Healthy Soil Sponge; Evaluating and Designing Your Site; Selecting the Right Plant in the Right Place; Using Rainwater as a Resource; and Managing Your Irrigation Properly.

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An online course covering: Landscape Design; Plants, Sprinkler Systems; and Watering and Fertilizing is also available. Click here to take the course online.

Professional Landscaper Course Description

The course consists of online classes in landscape water management, each building upon principles presented in the preceding class. The California Friendly Landscape Training Program begins with irrigation principles of soil-plant-water relationships, and concludes with irrigation scheduling. The following is a synopsis of each class in the course:


1. Irrigation Principles: Addresses the principle factors in landscape irrigation. Concepts presented are the foundation to sound landscape water management. Topics include plant water needs, soil characteristics, and types of irrigation.

2. Irrigation System Troubleshooting: Focuses on an analytical approach to solving irrigation system failures. Three potential problem areas are examined: 1) mechanical, 2) hydraulic, and 3) electrical.

3. Controller Programming: Covers basic controller features and then moves into advanced controller features such as complex schedules; consideration of temperature/seasonal changes, rain, and landscape activities or demands which limit irrigation times.

4. Irrigation Scheduling: Focuses on two critical questions: 1) When to irrigate? and 2) How much water to apply? A variety of field techniques and methods are presented as well as the technical aspects to be considered when scheduling irrigation run times.

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Course curriculum was developed by The Irrigation Training and Research Center at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.