2022 Landscape and Grounds Maintenance Short Course

The Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Short Course, bringing science-based information to green industry professionals, is being held online in 2022. Dane County Extension is joining Kenosha, Waukesha, and Sheboygan County Extension offices to offer the series. The short course will be offered on Wednesdays in February from 1:00 pm—4:00 pm online via Zoom. Class descriptions are below.

Registration information:

A unique email is required for each registrant, so emails are needed for everyone who wants to participate. The sessions will only be available during the live presentation on the specified date and time and not be available to view later. An email will be sent the day before each session to registered participants with their personal link to access that specific Zoom session.  The registration fee for all four sessions is $50. Single sessions are $25 per session.

To register, use the Eventbrite registration page or fill out the form in the brochure and mail it with a check. Contact Lisa Johnson at Dane County Extension at 608-224-3715 or johnson.lisa@countyofdane.com with any questions. Remember, a unique email address is required for each registrant.

Please note that online registrations and checks must be received at least 5 days prior to each session (or to the first session if purchasing the short course as a package) in order for support staff to enter contact data and get a personal link out to attendees. CEUS for Arborists and NALP will be available, directly after the presentations at a link that will only be active for one hour. Talks for 2022 that qualify for 1 CEU each are: Insect defoliators – PJ Liesch, Invasive Woody Plants and their Landscape Alternatives- Laura Jull, Drought Tolerant Trees – Eric Desotelle and Cankers and Vascular Wilts – Brian Hudelson.

To insure equal access, please make requests for reasonable accommodations as soon as possible prior to the scheduled program, service or activity.  If you need this material in another format please contact the program coordinator.  An EEO/AA employer, University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title VI, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act requirements.

 

Class descriptions for 2022 sessions:

Wednesday, February 2

1:00 p.m.Cankers and Vascular Wilts of Landscape Trees;  Cankers and vascular wilts can be difficult to identify and treat. Learn more about these diseases and how to manage them in trees and shrubs. Dr. Brian Hudelson, Director, Plant Disease  Diagnostics Clinic, UW-Madison Extension

2:15 p.m.Drought Tolerant Trees and Shrubs; From concrete coffins to southwestern slopes, which plants are best for hot, dry, and droughty sites? This talk will focus on general plant choices for dry sites, as well as specific plants for unique applications. Erik Desotelle, Wholesale Sales, Johnson’s Nursery

 

Wednesday, February 9

1:00 p.m.Invasive Woody Plants and Their Landscape Alternatives; Many ornamental woody plants have been found to be invasive in Wisconsin, including those on the NR-40 list. This session will review alternatives for invasive woody plants and highlight their ornamental characteristics, such as showy fall color, form, flower and fruit production, and value to pollinators and wildlife. Dr. Laura Jull, Associate professor, UW-Madison 

2:15 p.m.Designing with Annuals; Seasonal plants can provide significant color contributions from both flower and foliage. Through the intentional and planned use of annuals, you can create colorful vignettes that are impactful and complimentary to any planting bed, border or container. We’ll examine a wide range of annuals for sun and shade and examine scenarios for their best use. Mark Dwyer, Owner/Operator, Landscape
Prescriptions by MD

 

Wednesday, February 16

1:00 p.m.—Insect Defoliators of Landscape Trees and Shrubs; A number of insects use chewing-type mouthparts to defoliate landscape trees and shrubs. In this talk, we’ll review common defoliating pests, the damage they cause, their biology, and discuss management approaches for landscape plants. PJ Liesch, Entomologist, UW-Madison  Extension

2:15 p.m.—Ornamental Grasses in the Landscape; Learn about the many perennial ornamental grasses available to Wisconsin gardeners. Mark will share ideas on how to design with grasses and show examples of grasses in the landscape. We’ll also cover how to establish and maintain these titans of texture! Mark Konlock, Director of Horticulture, Green Bay Botanical Garden

 

Wednesday, February 23

1:00 p.m.Choosing and Comparing Herbicides for Broadleaf Weed Control; With more than 100 post-emergence broadleaf herbicides in the turf and ornamental marketplace, it can be difficult to choose the best. This workshop will review the different broadleaf herbicides and compare their efficacy on common and difficult to control weeds, so you control weeds right the first time, by purchasing the best herbicides for your application. Dr. Aaron J. Patton, Professor of Horticulture Purdue University

2:15 p.m.Growing Resilient Turf; Different grasses respond differently to mowing and fertilization, with some doing well in low maintenance conditions and others thriving with more inputs. In this session we will highlight the best performing species and cultivars of grasses for Wisconsin’s lawns
and landscapes under contrasting conditions. Dr. Doug Soldat, Professor, UW-Madison