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Landscape and Grounds Maintenance Short Course 2021

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This continuing educational series for green industry professionals is offered annually. The series runs for 4 weeks in February.

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This continuing educational series for green industry professionals is offered annually. The series runs for 4 weeks in February. University and industry experts discuss various horticultural topics.

Continuing education credits for arborists are offered. These presentations may also be of interest to Master Gardener volunteers and qualifies for continuing education (CEs) credits.

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Wednesday, February 3

1:00 p.m.—New & Improved Crabapple Selections for Midwestern Landscapes

This talk will feature a few old and many brand new crabapples that will have a positive and lasting impact on our important commercial and residential landscapes. Jeff Iles, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Horticulture, Iowa State University

2:15 p.m.—Pay it Forward: Selecting and Managing Elms in Your Urban Forest;

Disease-resistant elms offer great benefits for our urban forests. This in-depth session takes a look at a few elms to consider. Species selection and developmental pruning strategies will be discussed along with suggested pruning cycles for public and private spaces. Chad Giblin, Arborist and Owner, Trees & Me

Wednesday, February 10

1:00 p.m.—Urban Soil Remediation—Dealing with Compaction After Development and Construction;

Soils in urban environments are degraded after construction making it difficult for plants to grow. The Scoop and Dump Method and CU-Structural soil technique for improving the physical properties of urban soils and healthy plant growth will be discussed. Nina Lauren Bassuk, Ph.D., Professor, Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

2:15 p.m.—Plant Growth Regulators for Lawns and Landscapes;

UW-Madison has been a leader in researching growth regulators for turfgrass. Traditionally, the use of growth regulators has been confined to the golf course sector, but research data suggests they could be a valuable tool for managing lawn and landscapes as well. Doug Soldat, Ph.D., Professor, UW-Madison

Wednesday, February 17

1:00 p.m.—Diagnosing and Managing Wisconsin’s Top Ten Landscape Diseases;

Learn about the top diseases that were diagnosed at the UW-Madison Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic during 2020. Tips on diagnosing these diseases, as well as information on their control, will be provided. Brian Hudelson, Ph.D., Director, Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic, UW-Madison Extension

2:15 p.m.—Mold or Bug? Differentiating

Between Disease and Insect Damage on Turfgrass; Insects and diseases can both cause significant damage to turfgrass lawns, but managing insects vs diseases requires different strategies. This talk will focus on the primary insect and disease pests on Wisconsin lawns, how to identify and differentiate between the two groups, and how to properly manage them. Paul Koch, Ph.D., Turfgrass Specialist, UW-Madison

Wednesday, February 24

1:00 p.m.—Understanding and Managing Wisconsin’s Most Menacing Landscape Insect Pests of 2020;

Every year, insects cause significant problems for landscape trees and shrubs. This talk will review some of the main insect stories of 2020, including trending pests that will impact us in the coming years. PJ Liesch, Entomologist, UW-Madison Extension

2:15 p.m.—Consumer Trends in Perennials and Annuals;

Every year plant breeders bring new and exciting plants to market. This offers gardeners interesting and better options to keep their garden new and growing. This talk will highlight some of the best new plants and plant trends for your garden in 2021 and into the future. Kevin Roethle, Sales Representative, Ball Seed Company

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