Earth-Kind Landscape Short Course set for Dec. 17-19

Laura Muntean, 979-847-9211, laura.muntean@ag.tamu.edu

Contact: Dr. Mengmeng Gu, 979-845-8567, mgu@tamu.edu

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M University department of horticulture will be hosting an Earth-Kind Landscape Short Course Dec. 17-19 at the Texas A&M Horticulture Forestry Science Building, Room 224, College Station.

The course will be offered as a continuing education program designed for professionals responsible for managing and maintaining urban green space such as residential landscapes, parks, commercial properties and golf courses, according to organizers.

Crapemyrtle bark scale nymphs crawled from an infected crapemyrtle twig on to a soybean steam and laid eggs. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo)

The course will also benefit municipal areas, schools, city personnel and landscape businesses, particularly those interested in developing sustainable urban landscape conservation programs.

Continuing education units will be available for Texas Nursery and Landscape Association certified professionals and Texas Department of Agriculture licensed pesticide applicator recertification. Eighteen Texas Department of Agriculture, 6.5 International Society of Arboriculture and 16 Texas Nursery and Landscape Association CEUs have been approved.

Speakers from Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the industry will be presenting during the three-day event to address landscape industry issues, problems and opportunities.

Seats are also limited for the course. The first 35 registrants will have a seat reserved, and all others will be waitlisted. Register for the course at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/horticulture or call at 979-845-2604.

For a complete list of speakers and topics, go to https://tinyurl.com/EarthKindcourse.

The course will include the following topics:

– Plant physiology.

– Landscape plant diseases ID and IPM.

– Rose rosette and emerald ash borer.

– Drought and salinity issues.

– Crapemyrtle bark scale.

– Diversify your plant palette.

– Weeds as indicator of lawn problems.

– Warm-season turfgrass disease management.

– Laws and regulations updates.

– Pests, predators, parasitoids and pollinators.

Participants are responsible for their own parking permit. Prepaid permits can be purchased at http://transport.tamu.edu/Parking/visitor.aspx.

For questions, contact Dr. Mengmeng Gu at 979-845-8567 or mgu@tamu.edu.

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