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Cutting Edge on Campus: The 2013 UMass Landscape Education Day

Event date/time: 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 8:30am to 3:00pm
Bowker Auditorium - UMass Amherst

The last several years have presented new and recurring hurdles for the maintenance of healthy and attractive landscapes.  Factors such as variable weather, novel pests, changing regulations, and tighter budgets have compelled changes in day to day approaches as well as modifications to longer-term management plans.  Join UMass Extension educators at their home base – the UMass Amherst campus – for a detail-oriented day of learning about the latest techniques, management challenges, and pest problems.  The special end of growing season time frame was selected in order to summarize take-aways from the 2013 season while also allowing sufficient time to utilize the latest research-based information in planning for next season and beyond.  Don’t miss this unique and valuable educational opportunity!


The registration fee is $75 per person.  Groups of three or more individuals registering from the same company receive a 10% discount.

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Walk-in registrations are welcome on the day of the event (cash or check only).  Registration includes morning coffee and parking permit.  Attendees must park in the UMass Campus Center Garage located at 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01003.


8:00-8:30 Coffee & Attendee Check-In
8:30 Welcoming Remarks
8:45-9:45 Established and Emerging Disease Complexes of Landscape Conifers
Dr. Nicholas Brazee, Plant Pathologist, UMass Extension
Diseases of landscape conifers are often chronic issues that worsen as trees age. Topics of focus will include needle casts/rusts, stem cankers, root disease and their association with insect pests.
9:45-10:15 From Permeable Pavers to Rain Gardens: Storm Water Options for the Landscape
Michael Davidsohn, Senior Lecturer, UMass Department of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning
Significant precipitation events of the last several years have highlighted the utility of reducing impervious surfaces in the landscape.  Learn about the role of attractive and functional design features in improving water infiltration and reducing runoff.
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:30 Troubleshooting Annuals and Perennials in Landscapes
Tina Smith, Greenhouse Crops & Floriculture Specialist, UMass Extension
A review of problems caused by insects, diseases and cultural practices of annuals and herbaceous perennials in landscapes. Learn to recognize signs and symptoms and tips for diagnosis as well as problem prevention and management strategies.
11:30-12:00 Effective Water and Nutrient Management for Planters and Hanging Baskets
Geoffrey Njue, Green Industry Specialist, UMass Extension
Careful attention to media selection, irrigation and fertilization can help ensure that container plantings look good through the whole season. Items discussed will include media wetting agents and water absorbing polymers, and the use of water soluble and controlled release fertilizers.
12:00-1:00 Lunch - Lunch is not provided.  Several nearby options to buy lunch or pack your own.
1:00-1:30 Potential Impact of Spotted Wing Drosophila and Brown Marmorated Stinkbug on Landscape Plantings
Sonia Schloemann, Small Fruit Specialist, UMass Extension
Spotted Wing Drosophila and Brown Marmorated Stinkbug are two relatively new invasive pests with a history of causing significant damage to fruit and in some cases vegetable crops.  This presentation will detail the capability of these insects to build up and impact landscapes in the Bay State as well.
1:30-2:30 Straightforward Solutions for Tough Weed Problems in Turf and Ornamental Beds
Randall Prostak, Weed Specialist, UMass Extension
Weed infestations negatively impact aesthetics and compete with desirable landscape plants for limited resources such as moisture, nutrients and sunlight.  Up-to-date cultural, chemical and non-chemical strategies for dealing with common tough-to-manage weeds will be explained.
2:30-3:00 Nutrient Management: A Changing Landscape in Massachusetts
Mary Owen, Turf Specialist, UMass Extension
New nutrient management laws for the Commonwealth are scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2014 and will affect a range of practitioners. Hear about the background of the legislation as well as the most current, specific information concerning the development of the regulations.
3:00 Credits Awarded & Adjourn

Pesticide & Professional Certification Credits

The following pesticide contact hours have been approved for this program: 3.5 contact hours for Category 00 (Licensed Applicator) or Category 36 (Shade Trees & Ornamentals), 2.5 contact hours for Category 29 (Nursery), 1 contact hour for Category 37 (Turf). Pesticide contact hours are valid for equivalent categories in all New England states.

2 ISA credits have been approved. AOLCP, MCA, MCH and MCLP professional certification credits have been requested.


Ellen Weeks at 413-545-0895; or Jason Lanier at 413-545-2965;

Contact's email: 
Stockbridge Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
United States
Stockbridge Hall University of Massachusetts Amherst MA