Do You Really Know Your Soil? Avoiding Critical Soil Design Mistakes - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

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Mistakes in soil design can result in catastrophic landscape failures. What many landscape architects don’t understand is that often the “small” details in soils can trip up their brilliant design. We will present common misunderstandings about soil to avoid critical mistakes and assure successful landscape design and construction.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the role of soil design for successful site performance, sustainable vegetation establishment and growth, and economic viability and savings for your project.
  • Learn and understand concepts of soils that have profound impacts on landscape design and function.
  • Identify key design coordination and communication roles of landscape architect for planting soils.
  • Think differently about currently accepted concepts about soil types and uses in landscapes.

Ted Hartsig, CPSS, NA

Senior Soil Scientist

Olsson, Inc.

Ted is a professional soil scientist with expertise in natural resources, urban environments, and ecosystem restoration. He is a leader in soil and plant management strategies for both urban and rural landscape projects. Ted's experience includes collaborating with Landscape Architects for the design of the George W. Bush Library in Dallas, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Tulsa’s Gathering Place Park, Memorial Park in Houston, and Tom Lee Park in Memphis among others. Ted has developed and conducted workshops for the design and construction of stormwater BMPs, native landscapes, and soil restoration and management.

Jason Radcliff, ASLA, LEED AP



Jason Radcliff is a Principal and the Director of Quality Management at dwg. Jason provides technical advisory support to the staff, and mentors dwg.’s project managers to ensure best practices across the firm. He brings dynamic and meaningful projects to fruition -- striving for higher sustainability and incorporating innovative green infrastructure solutions. In addition to these responsibilities, Jason also oversees the firms' research and evaluation of new building systems and ecological enhancements to promote higher standards of care and landscape performance. Jason specializes in green roofs and on-structure amenity terraces, design detailing and construction phase administration.

Paul Josey, ASLA


Wolf Josey Landscape Architects

Paul is the co-founder Wolf Josey Landscape Architects and has led a diverse range of city, campus, garden and conservation projects of all sizes throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. He has specific expertise in urban and campus design, planting soils, tree preservation, construction implementation and native plants of the Piedmont and Coastal Plain.

His earlier design experience as a project manager at Nelson Byrd Woltz and at Urban Trees + Soils in Annapolis also focused on urban, academic and institutional projects while overseeing the master planning and implementation of various award winning mixed use, city park, waterfront and campus projects.


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10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  8/10 points to pass
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  8/10 points to pass Successful completion of this quiz is required to earn your PDH for this webinar.
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1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available