Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Short Course (LGMSC) Formerly Winter Seminar Series

Due to the pandemic, the Winter Seminar Series, bringing science-based information to green industry professionals is being held online in 2021. Dane County Extension is joining other county Extension offices to offer the series, and adopting their series title, ‘Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Short Course (LGMSC)’. The short course will be offered on Wednesdays in February from 1:00 pm—4:00 pm online via Zoom. 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 remain $20 per session. To register, Click here or print a copy of the brochure linked here and mail in a check following directions on the form. 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.


This year’s offered sessions are as follows:

Wednesday, February 3

1:00 p.m.New & Improved Crabapple
Selections for Midwestern Landscapes
; This talk will feature a few old and many brand new crabapples that will have a positive and lasting impact on our important commercial and residential landscapes. Jeff Iles, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Horticulture, Iowa State University

2:15 p.m.Pay it Forward: Selecting and Managing Elms in Your Urban Forest;
Disease-resistant elms offer great benefits for our urban forests. This in-depth session takes a look at a few elms to consider. Species selection and
developmental pruning strategies will be discussed along with suggested pruning cycles for public and private spaces. Chad Giblin, Arborist and Owner, Trees & Me


Wednesday, February 10

1:00 p.m.Urban Soil Remediation—Dealing with Compaction After
Development and Construction;
Soils in urban environments are degraded after construction making it difficult for plants to grow. The Scoop and Dump Method and CU-Structural soil technique for improving the physical properties of urban soils and healthy plant growth will be discussed. Nina Lauren Bassuk, Ph.D., Professor, Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 

2:15 p.m.Plant Growth Regulators for Lawns and Landscapes; UW-Madison has been a leader in researching growth regulators for turfgrass. Traditionally, the use of growth regulators has been confined to the golf course sector, but research data suggests they could be a valuable tool for managing lawn and landscapes as well. Doug Soldat, Ph.D., Professor, UW-Madison


Wednesday, February 17

1:00 p.m.Diagnosing and Managing
Wisconsin’s Top Ten Landscape Diseases;
Learn about the top diseases that were diagnosed at the UW-Madison Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic during 2020. Tips on diagnosing these diseases, as well as information on their control, will be provided. Brian Hudelson, Ph.D., Director, Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic, UW-Madison Extension

2:15 p.m.Mold or Bug? Differentiating
Between Disease and Insect Damage on Turfgrass
; Insects and diseases can both cause significant damage to turfgrass lawns, but managing insects vs diseases requires different strategies. This talk will focus on the primary insect and disease pests on Wisconsin lawns, how to identify and differentiate between the two groups, and how to properly manage them. Paul Koch, Ph.D., Turfgrass Specialist, UW-Madison


Wednesday, February 24

1:00 p.m.Understanding and Managing Wisconsin’s Most Menacing Landscape Insect Pests of 2020; Every year, insects cause significant problems for landscape trees and shrubs. This talk will review some of the main insect stories of 2020, including trending pests that will impact us in the coming years. PJ Liesch, Entomologist, UW-Madison Extension

2:15 p.m.Consumer Trends in
Perennials and Annuals
; Every year plant breeders bring new and exciting plants to market. This offers gardeners interesting and better options to keep their garden new and growing. This talk will highlight some of the best new plants and plant trends for your garden in 2021 and into the future. Kevin Roethle, Sales Representative, Ball Seed Company


If you have any questions please contact Lisa Johnson at