Landscape and Grounds Maintenance Short Course

Feb 1, 8, 15  & 22nd – 2023 (1 to 3.30 P.M)

Dane, Kenosha/Racine, and Waukesha County Extension

The Landscape and Grounds Maintenance Short Course is for landscape professionals to learn up-to-date science-based information to help you increase the economic and environmental sustainability of landscapes you care for and your business.

Program Info: (CEUs for ISA & NALP will be available)

Wednesday, February 1st

1:00 p.m.—Emerging Wisconsin Insect Pests of 2023 by PJ Liesch, Entomologist, UW-Madison Extension

This presentation will showcase emerging insect pests of Wisconsin and their management. Pests such as viburnum leaf beetle, spongy moth, and the spotted lanternfly will be covered

2:20 p.m.—Effective Management of White Grubs in Turf by Dr. R. Chris Williamson, Midwest Research Scientist

Attendees will learn about the biology (life cycle, behavior, ecology, etc.) and management strategies of key white grub species that infest and cause damage to turf.

Wednesday, February 8

1:00 p.m. – Woody Plants for Screening by Dr. Laura Jull, Associate professor, UW-Madison Extension

Trees and shrubs are beautiful in the landscape, but they can also be useful. Learn about the best selections of hearty trees and shrubs for screening, wind breaks and boundaries

2:20 p.m.—Crabgrass Control: The impacts of SGN and Nozzles by Edward Nangle, Associate professor, Ohio State University

This Learn about recent research on SGN (Size Guide Number) impacts on the efficacy of pre-emergent crabgrass herbicide applications and the impact of nozzle/droplet size on post-emergent crabgrass control.

Wednesday, February 15
1:00 p.m.- Planting a Prairie: Choose Your Own Adventure by Frank Hassler, Owner/Chief Ecologist at Good Oak Ecological Services

Prairie plantings provide numerous environmental benefits. But establishing a prairie requires making the right choices based on site-conditions during the site preparation, planting, and establishment phases.

2:20 p.m.—Native Plants for Pollinators by Susan Carpenter, Wisconsin Native Plant Garden Curator

Learn about the relationships between native plants and pollinators. Discover practical ways to foster and manage these diverse and lively gardens and landscapes.

Wednesday, February 22 

1:00 p.m. – Oak Wilt Interactives by Dr. David L. Roberts, President & Owner, The Plant Doctor, LLC (aka The Tree Doctor)

Oak symptoms are not always what they seem. Our first thought is Oak Wilt but there are many other factors that can be the cause. This talk will help you to accurately diagnose oak problems before determining a management plan.

2:20 p.m.— Trees & Ice Storms: Predictable, Preventable and Planning by Rich Hauer, Professor of Urban Forestry, UW Stevens Point and Director of Urban Forestry, CNUC  

Learn how ice storms form and how trees respond to loading. You will discover that trees fail in predicable ways, you can prevent damage, and it’s better to plan.

Short Course via zoom 
To provide the quality education that you expect, while being mindful of the safety of our participants, we are providing the Landscape and Grounds Maintenance Short Course online via Zoom. The class will only be available during the live presentation on the specified date and time. It will NOT be available to view later. An email will be sent the day before the class to registered participants with their personal link to access that specific Zoom session. This requires a unique email address for EACH registrant.

Registration (opens on December 14, 2022) 
The registration fee for all four sessions is $55. Single sessions are $25 per session. Choose anyone of the following County Extension site link to register for this program:

Dane County Extension:

Kenosha/Racine County Extension:

Waukesha County Extension:

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