When: July 30, 2015
Where: Tower Hill Botanic Gardens
11 French Dr., Boylston, MA

8:15 to 8:45 Registration

8:50 to 9:20 MA Nutrient Management Regulation- How It Affects You – Taryn LaScola

The MDAR Nutrient Regulation is now in effect for turf applications. How does this affect your business?

9:25 to 10:25 Strategizing for Bee Health -Dr. Rich Cowles

The current plight of honey bees and native bees has focused attention on agricultural and landscape use of neonicotinoid insecticides, but the use of those insecticides probably constitutes a small contribution toward the overall poor health of bees. Lawn and landscape maintenance can play a special role for bee health: Dr. Cowles will review the recently issued National Pollinator Plan, provide bee-friendly measures for lawn maintenance, and review new research.

10:25 to 10:40 Break

10:40 to 12:00 “Weed Walkin’ and Weed Talkin'” – Randy Prostak

Tour the lawns of Tower Hill looking for grassy and other varieties of weeds. Talk about customer’s perceptions and level of tolerance for weeds. What methods for treating weeds are having success this season? Discuss new considerations for timing of weed treatments.

12:00 to 1:15 Lunch Sponsored by evergreen

1:20 to 2:20 IPM Systems for Turf in the Landscape – Mary Owen

Careful attention to cultural practices as well as pest potential is critical to the successful implementation of an integrated management system for commercial and residential turf. This session will cover the use of key cultural practices including grass species selection, mowing, irrigation, aeration and fertility as the basis of IPM, with attention to how those practices influence populations of damaging insects and diseases as well as weed infestations. The impact of regulations on agronomic decisions will also be discussed

Cost
$55.00 – Malcp members
$65.00 – non Malcp member

Download the 2015 MALCP Summer Seminar Form