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Get out and Learn About Pests and Diseases in the Landscape

2013 Pest Walk Georgetown smallerMany interested gardeners and plant hobbyists have taken advantage of Delaware Master Gardener training or short courses offering information on pests and diseases of landscape ornamental plants. Fact sheets and Powerpoint presentations can only go so far as teaching tools. We all enjoy and learn from “hands on” types of learning. The “hands on” experience really helps to pull everything else together and help us remember key points!

Pest walks will be offered at two locations in Delaware during June, and can serve to pull together the classroom, reading, and internet offerings from the University of Delaware. For those interested in attending, a pest walk will be in Sussex County at the Carvel Center on County Seat Highway in Georgetown, on June 18th beginning at 4:00 PM. Wear comfortable shoes, mosquito repellant, and bring a hand lens if you have one. A second pest walk will be led in New Castle County at the UD Botanic Gardens around Townsend Hall at 531 South College Avenue in Newark, on June 25th at 4:00 PM. Each pest walk will be led by Brian Kunkel, the UD Cooperative Extension Ornamentals IPM Specialist, and Nancy Gregory, the UD Cooperative Extension Plant Diagnostician. Walks will last about two hours as we stroll around the gardens and examine plants for arthropod pests and beneficial insects, as well as plant diseases.

For those who may want further information or instruction, there will be a Disease and Insect ID Workshop on July 9, 2014 in Townsend Hall on the campus of the University of Delaware. Learn what signs and symptoms the Extension specialists use to identify pests and diseases. Learn tips and techniques using fresh and preserved specimens, hand lenses and microscopes. Cost is $15 for 2 pest, 1 CNP credits. Sign up is through the New Castle County Extension Office (302-831-2506).

Sign up for pest walks through the University of Delaware Horticulture Short Course offerings. Pesticide and CNP credits are available for those that need course credits for certification. A fee of $15 covers the class and may be paid in advance. Contact your local County Extension Agent: Carrie Murphy, cjmurphy@udel.edu , (302-831-2506), New Castle County or Tracy Wootten, Wootten@udel.edu, (302-856-7303), Sussex County to sign up.

Check out Cooperative Extension’s other offerings and fact sheets for Commercial Horticulture and Lawn and Garden: http://extension.udel.edu/lawngarden/

June 2, 2014

Feature, Lawn and Garden

Nancy F Gregory