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Spring Kickoff for Landscapers: Sustainable Landscapes Management

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Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:30pm
TownPlace Suites

More and more people are getting interested in sustainable landscapes. This program will address topics that will appeal to landscapers and anyone interested in sustainable landscape management. Come join us to learn ways to make your landscape business greener and sustainable. Topics will include: green infrastructure for storm water management in the landscape, establishing a flower meadow in the landscape, disease management for low input landscapes, landscaping with native plants and managing weeds sustainably in the landscape.


The registration rate is $85 per person, or $76 for per person for groups of 3 or more from the same company (10% discount).  Lunch is included with registration.  Online registrations will be charged a nominal processing fee.

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8:30 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 10:00 Including Green Infrastructure Practices in the Landscape
Khristopher Dodson, Associate Director, Environmental Finance Center, Syracuse University
Including green infrastructure practices for storm water management in the landscape helps in the reduction of storm water volume and improved water quality. This presentation will discuss these and many other benefits such as improved aesthetics, increased property values, improved soil health, increased habitat for pollinators and  much more.
10:00 - 11:00 Establishing a Wildflower Meadow in the Landscape
Cathy Neal, Extension Professor/Horticulture Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension
Flower meadows provide food and habitat for pollinators and other wildlife. In this presentation you will learn what it takes to create a perennial meadow with native flowers and grasses. This presentation will also discuss site preparation and species selection for season‐long diversity in colors, textures, and heights.
11:00 - 11:15 Break
11:15 - 12:15 Disease Management for Low-Input Landscapes
Cheryl Smith, Extension Professor/Plant health Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension
Designing and installing healthy, low input landscapes is one of the current landscape trends. Maintaining these landscapes can be a challenge, because of many diseases that attack landscape plants. In this presentation you will learn how to identify the most common diseases affecting landscape plants. You will also learn best cultural practices and organic and other low input chemical disease management options.
12:15 - 1:15 Lunch (provided)
1:15 - 2:15 Managing Weeds Sustainably in the Landscape
Randy Prostak, Weed Specialist, UMass Extension
Weeds compete with landscape plants for moisture, nutrients and sunlight. They can have a negative impact on the attractiveness of the landscape. In this presentation you learn about practices associated with landscape weed management that one should consider as we begin a new season.
2:15 - 2:30 Break
2:30 - 3:30 Landscaping with Native Plants
Claudia Thompson, Founder and President, Grow Native Massachusetts
In this presentation you will learn why native plants provide the essential foundation for biodiversity and ecologically healthy landscapes. This presentation will discuss approaches for designing landscapes that emphasize native plants - including understanding plant communities, native plant selection, respecting soil ecosystems, and how to source native plants.

Pesticide & Professional Credits

Pesticide contact hours: 2 for Massachusetts categories 29, 36, 40 and Applicators License available. Valid for equivalent categories in all New England states.

1 ISA, 1 MCA, 1 MCH, 2 MCLP, 4 AOLCP, and 4.5 SAF professional certification credits have been approved.

Contact's name: 
Geoffrey Njue
Contact's phone: 
508-295-2212 x 47
Contact's email: 
50 Rosebrook Place
Wareham, MA 02571
50 Rosebrook Place Wareham MA