Session 5. Water Management

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Steve Jacobs

Our next guest instructor is Steve Jacobs. Nature Designs Owner, Steve Jacobs, is widely regarded as one of the leading San Diego Landscape Contractors. In 1987 Steve earned a Bachelor’s degree in Ornamental Horticulture as well as a degree in Irrigation and Drainage Design from Cal Poly, Pomona. Steve is a part time instructor in the Ornamental Horticulture department at Cuyamaca College where many of his employees have studied.

Steve earned his landscape contractors license from the State of California in 1988 and expanded it to include pool and spa installation in 2006 and general contracting in 2011. He became involved in the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) in 1991 to keep up with the changes in the industry and served as president of the local chapter in 2001. Steve served as the State Director of Education for the CLCA for four years and now holds the position of State President. Steve has made a commitment to continuing education by earning his Certified Landscape Professional (CLP), Certified Landscape Technician (CLT) designation from the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), Certified Water Manager (CWM) from the CLCA, Arborist certification from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), Certified Pool Professional (Genesis), and Certified Irrigation Contractor (CIC) from the Irrigation Association (IA).

Steve’s company has earned over 50 awards for their design, installation and maintenance projects. Sustainable landscaping has been a passion of Steve’s since he started his company over 30 years ago. He has also been published multiple times in local and national publications. Steve has presented many seminars on various horticultural topics at the Water Conservation Garden, California Center for Sustainability, San Diego Horticultural Society, Master Gardener Association of San Diego County, Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), and local garden shows and libraries. Steve also belongs to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) as an A+ accredited business.

Advanced Preparation

  • Read Chapter 4
  • Take the Quiz for Chapter 4