Ornamentals and Turf Workshop

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Hockessin Memorial Hall
Hockessin, DE

Registration Open Soon at www.dnlaonline.org

$45 – DNLA Members
$60 – Non-members
$55 – after Nov. 5, DNLA Members
$70 – after Nov. 5, Non-members

8:30 – 9:00       Registration

9:00 – 9:45       Buzz Sod – What’s That?
Dr. Erik Ervin, Chair PLSC UD
Learn about this new wildflower sod with a cool season grass backbone.

9:45 – 10:00     Break

10:00 – 10:50   Stressful Times for Turf
Dr. Erik Ervin, Chair PLSC UD
Troubleshooting the pitfalls of turfgrass management in an environmentally challenging year

10:50 – 11:40   The Secret Ingredients to Healthy Turfgrass
Mark Highland, Organic Mechanic Soil Company
Exploration of compost and biochar products ideal for turfgrass establishment and overall turf health

11:40 – 12:10   Perceptions of Ecologically Sustainable Landscaping
Ash Gillis, PSU
I will discuss a current research project on encouraging homeowners to adopt ecologically sustainable residential landscaping. Additionally, I will present our results on the topic of public perceptions of sustainable landscaping practices.

12:10 – 1:00     Lunch

1:00 – 1:50       Glyphosate: Current Issues and Available Alternatives
Dr. Jeffrey Derr, VA Tech
This talk will discuss the current health controversy over glyphosate use, development of weed resistance to this herbicide, and the available alternatives to its use.

1:50 – 2:00       Break

2:00 – 2:50       Sedge Species and their Management in Turf and Ornamentals
Dr. Jeffrey Derr, VA Tech
This talk will discuss the biology and spread of annual and perennial sedge species, including yellow nutsedge and kyllinga. Ways to control them in lawns and in nursery crops will be discussed.

2:50 – 3:10       Promoting your Business with Social Media
Michele Walfred, Tracy Wootten, Univ. of Delaware