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Spring Kickoff for Landscapers: UMass Extension's Landscape Education Day

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Event date/time: 
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:30pm
Event location: 
TownePlace Suites

There is a growing trend for aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly landscapes. Come join us to learn about landscaping principles and practices that you can implement to provide beautiful and environmentally friendly landscapes for your customers. Topics include; designing a sustainable residential landscape, using reduced risk strategies for managing landscape pests, managing turf to increase environmental health, managing irrigation in landscapes to conserve water, plus the year in review for diseases of trees and shrubs and the forecast for the 2018 season.


Preregistration required as space is limited; the cost is $100/$90 per person for three or more registrations from the same company (10% discount), includes lunch.

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8:30 – 9:00 AM Attendee Check-In
9:00 -10:00 AM Designing a Sustainable Residential Landscape
Michael Davidsohn, Senior Lecturer of Landscape Architecture University of Massachusetts
One of the current landscape trends is the growing interest for sustainable landscapes that are visually pleasing, functional, maintainable and environmentally friendly. In this lecture, Michael   will discuss what to consider when designing a sustainable landscape and the step-by-step protocols of how to design a visually pleasing, functional, maintainable and environmentally friendly residential landscape.
10:00 – 11:00 AM Reduced Risk Strategies for Managing Landscape Pests
Daniel Gilrein, Extension Entomologist, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County
The use of low risk materials and strategies to manage landscape pests are important practices for environmentally friendly landscapes. This presentation will discuss important landscape pests and current reduced risk strategies to manage them, including organic and other unconventional alternatives.
11:00 -11:15 AM Break
11:15 -12:15 PM Managing Irrigation in Landscapes to Conserve Water
Mandy Bayer, Extension Assistant Professor of Sustainable Landscape Horticulture, UMass Extension
Improving irrigation practices and cultural practices are important factors in creating more sustainable landscapes.  This presentation will provide tips and strategies for improving landscape irrigation applications and conserving water in the landscape.
12:15 – 1:15 PM Lunch (provided) and networking.
1:15 – 2:15 PM A Year in Review of Diseases of Trees and Shrubs, and the Forecast for the 2018 Season
Nicholas J. Brazee, Extension Plant Pathologist, UMass Extension
2:15 – 2:30 PM Break
2:30 – 3:30 PM Managing Turf to Increase Environmental Health
Mary Owen, Extension Turf Specialist, UMass Extension
Recognizing the increasing complexity and fragility of our landscapes, this presentation will consider; ways to increase environmental health by using best management practices in turf systems; strategies to reduce the use and risk of pesticides; and some important criteria in the selection of pest management materials.
3:30 Credits & Adjourn

Pesticide & Professional Credits

Two pesticide contact hours for categories 29 & 36, one for category 37, or three for Applicators License available. ISA, MCA, MCH, MCLP, AOLCP, SAF and CTSP credit requested.

Contact's name: 
Ellen Weeks
Contact's phone: 
(413) 545-0895
Contact's email: 
50 Rosebrook Place
Wareham, MA 02571
50 Rosebrook Place Wareham MA