This is a one-day course, from 8 am to 4 pm.
The premise of the course is that a healthy organically maintained lawn is more resilient, more drought-tolerant and more resistant to pest infestations than chemically maintained lawns.
Chip Osborne will discuss in detail how to measure, develop and maintain healthy soil biology, how to maintain proper fertilization levels for optimum growth and plant health, how cultural practices should be altered for organic turf, and how to address specific pest problems without traditional chemical pesticides.
Landscapers, Lawn Maintenance Professionals, Landscape Designers, Landscape Architects, HOA’s, Municipal Employees and Officials, & Grounds Keepers.
Homeowners are welcome too!
8:00 – 8:30 Registration
8:30 – 9:15 Introduction to the Systems Approach, Overview and History of Conventional and Natural Turf Management
9:15 – 10:15 Soil Biology Basics, Compost and Topdressing
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 12:00 Growing Turf Naturally – Turfgrass Nutrition, Fertilizers, Soil Amendments, The Importance of Soil Testing
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Amended Cultural Practices for Natural Turf, Mowing, Irrigation, Cultivation, Thatch Management, Seeding/Overseeding
2:00 – 2:30 IPM, Use of allowed pesticides
2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 4:00 Addressing Pests with Cultural Practices and Allowed Materials, Weed and Insect pest descriptions and control
4:00 – 4:30 Q & A – Wrap up