UW-Extension offers landscape course

The UW-Extension Landscape and Grounds Maintenance Short Course returns in February 2016. This four week short course is intended for: green industry and landscape professionals, park and grounds maintenance staffs and for horticultural enthusiasts interested in learning more. It will provide up-to-date information on current topics relating to plant diseases, insect issues, perennials, turf care, as well as urban tree and shrub care.

This year’s short course will be held at Sheboygan County UWExtension, 5 University Dr., Sheboygan, on Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. UW-Extension is located on the UW-Sheboygan campus. A map and directions can be found at: http://sheboygan. uwex.edu.

The registration fee for the entire short course is $40 per person. If three or more individuals from the same organization attend all four sessions, the cost is reduced to $35 per person. You may choose to attend individual sessions for $15 per day. CEUs are available and approved by the International Society of Arborists (ISA) and by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).

The schedule of speakers and topics includes:

Friday, Feb. 5, 1 to 4 p.m. - Through the Seasons: Wisconsin Insect Trends of 2015 and What to Expect in 2016, P.J. Liesch, UWExtension Insect Specialist.

Deadly Diseases in the Landscape: New and Emerging Diseases to Keep on Your Radar, Dr. Brian Hudelson, UW-Extension Plant Disease Specialist.

Friday, Feb. 12, 1 to 4 p.m. - Practical Tree Pruning for Long Term Structural Strength and Health, Mike Wendt, Horticulture Instructor, MATC.

Biominicry: Improving Performance, Economics, and Ecology with an Old School Design Approach, Mike Marek, Land Restoration & Landscape Designer, VP Marek Landscape LLC.

Friday, Feb. 19, 1 to 4 p.m. - EAB Injection Methods & Insecticide Efficacy, Chris Williamson, UW-Extension Turfgrass and Ornamental Entomologist.

What’s New With Invasive Plants in Wisconsin, Kelly Kearns, DNR.

Friday, Feb. 26, 1 to 4 p.m. - Brown is a Color Too: Landscaping for November and Beyond, Ben Futa, UW-Madison, Director of Allen Centennial Gardens.

Proven Plants from the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Trials, Richard Hawke, Chicago Botanic Garden.

To request a 2016 Landscape and Grounds Maintenance Short Course brochure or for registration information, contact the Sheboygan County UW-Extension office at 459-5904 or go to the website at: http://sheboygan.uwex.edu.

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