Landscape Technology

The Landscape Technology Track is designed for those in the lawn and landscape profession.

11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Wednesday, December 6
Integrated Lawn Management:  Mowing Height, Fertility, and Compost Topdressing –Dr. Doug Soldat, University of Wisconsin- Madison(Category 206 – 1 credit)
This presentation will discuss how lawn management practices including grass selection, mowing practices, soil management, and fertilization influence lawn quality and weed invasion.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Wednesday, December 6
Ornamental Grass Selection – Dr. Tom Voigt, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign 
Ornamental Grass Selection focuses selecting and using common and unusual annual and perennial ornamental grasses in managed landscapes.  Ornamental grass culture will also be discussed, and more than 20 grasses with desirable ornamental and/or problem-solving characteristics will be described. 

3:00 PM-4:00 PM, Wednesday, December 6
The CMG Program:  Helping you and The Colorado Green Industry – Mary Small, State Coordinator- Colorado Master Gardner Program 
Come learn how the Colorado Master Gardener program can benefit your business – and in more ways than one! Discussion will surround the training and work that these CSU trained volunteers undertake and how their activities may intersect with yours. I’ll also provide information about two sister programs that Green Industry employees can take advantage of – and one is done completely on line! 

8:00 AM-9:00 AM, Thursday, December 7
Ornamental Grasses Gone Wild – Dr. Tom Voigt, University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign (Category 206 – 1 Credit)
Ornamental Grasses Gone Wild focuses generally on ornamental grasses (e.g., Miscanthus, Saccharum, and Pennisetum species) that have escaped landscape cultivation and invaded managed and natural settings. There will be specific reports on two studies, in the first, Miscanthus species have invaded more than 20 natural areas on the east coast, and in the second, hardy fountaingrass (Pennisetum alopocuroides) has invaded managed turf areas in the Midwest and become a difficult-to-control weed.  

10:00 AM-11:00 AM, Thursday, December 7
Landscape of Tomorrow:  Water wise Neighborhood – Lisa Pace, Colorado Springs Utilities
The way we use landscape water in the future is going to change. The landscapes of tomorrow will require water-wise approaches using adapted plants. But how do we demonstrate that these new landscapes can still be beautiful and functional while significantly reducing water use? This session will describe how these landscapes can actually look, the plants that can be used and water savings that can be realized. Using the Colorado Springs Utilities’ Water-Wise Neighborhood demonstration gardens as a reference, you will see what the landscape of tomorrow look like today.
11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Thursday, December 7
Beyond Green- Punch it up with Living Color – Al Gerace, Welby Gardens 
Color: Uses, Meaning and Impact
Scale for mass Planting or for small intimate space
Landscape Maintenance
Basic Prep-Plant Selection and Design, Pest Management and trouble shooting

12:00 PM-1:00 PM, Thursday, December 7
Best New Plant Select Plants, and the Newest in Annuals – Dr. James Klett, Colorado State University
Learn about the top performers from the 2016 Colorado State University Annual and Perennial Flower trials that you will definitely want to utilize in your landscape plans for 2017.  Also learn about the 2016 Plant Select Introductions and some of the top performers from years past that you need to plant.  


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