2015 Delaware Cooperative Extension Horticulture Short Courses

Pruning, $15, Wednesday, September 16, 4-6 PM Kent County Extension Office, 69 Transportation Circle, Dover, How do I prune a tree/shrub?  When and why should I prune? This workshop will provide individuals the tools for proper pruning methods that will benefit the plant and satisfy your customer. Instructors: Dot Abbott, Richard Pratt, and Tracy Wootten

NEW THIS YEAR:  Landscape 101 Series, $10/session, see details below 

Turf Maintenance, Wednesday, September 2, 4:30 – 5:30 PM, Credits:  1 Pest., 0.75 Nut. Mgmt., 1 CNP, University of Delaware Botanic Gardens (UDBG), Revisit methods for maintenance of fall turf.  Topics discussed will include establishment or reseeding, aeration, fertilization and insect management options.  Instructor:  Brian Kunkel

Plant Identification – Herbaceous Plants, Wednesday, September 9, 4:30 – 5:30 PM,   Credits: 1 Pest., 1 CNP, UDBG, Learn to identify some of the great herbaceous plants used in the landscape. We will cover the common disease and insect pests of each and strategies for incorporating into the landscape. Meet at UDBG Perennial Garden. Instructors: Valann Budischak and Sue Barton

Soils, Wednesday, September 16, 4:30-5:30 PM, Credits: 1 Nut. Mgmt.,1 CNP, UDBG, Soil improvement is an ongoing process – discover options available to you. This session will cover the basics of soil health. Meet at the entrance to Fischer Greenhouse. Instructors:  Carrie Murphy and Tracy Wootten                                                   

Plant Identification- Woody Shrubs, Wednesday, October 7, 4:30 – 5:30 PM,             Credits: 1 Pest., 1 CNP, UDBG, Learn to identify some of the woody shrubs used in the landscape. We will cover the common disease and insect pests of each and strategies for incorporating into the landscape. Meet at UDBG kiosk in the Charles Dunham Garden. Instructors: Valann Budischak and Sue Barton

Weed Identification/Maintenance, PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE Wednesday, October 21, 4:30 – 5:30 PM, Credits: 1 Pest., 1 CNP, UDBG, Examine some common weeds found in turf and flower beds during the fall and we will discuss management options.  Instructor:  Brian Kunkel

Plant Identification- Shade Trees, Wednesday, November 4, 4:30 – 5:30 PM, Credits: 1 Pest., 1 CNP UDBG, Learn to identify some of the major shade trees used in the landscape. We will cover the common disease and insect pests of each and strategies for incorporating into the landscape. Meet at UDBG kiosk in the Charles Dunham Garden. Instructors: Valann Budischak and Sue Barton

New Castle County Short Courses

Please check workshop description for meeting location. Register with Carrie Murphy (302) 831-2506 or cjmurphy@udel.edu for the following short courses

Landscape 101

Turf Maintenance, Sept 2, 4:30-5:30, $10

Plant ID- Herbaceous, Sept 9, 4:30-5:30, $10

Soils, Sept 16, 4:30-5:30, $10

Plant ID- Woody Trees, Oct 7, 4:30-5:30, $10

Weeds, Oct 21, 4:30-5:30, $10

Plant ID- Shade Trees, Nov 4, 4:30-5:30, $10

Kent County Short Course

Please check workshop description for meeting location. Register with Jan Unflat (302) 730-4000 or jmunflat@udel.edu for the following short course.

Pruning, Sept 16, 4- 6, $15

Delaware Cooperative Extension is willing to come to you!

We’d like to make continuing education training as easy as possible for you and your staff. If you have 10 or more people, we will conduct a workshop at your site. Here are the topics we are suggesting for 2014:

Soil Health: Soil improvement is an ongoing process – discover options available to you. This session will cover soil amendments with the emphasis on compost! Instructors: Carrie Murphy, Tracy Wootten

HORT 101: Learn the basics of landscape management. This course is a good starting point in studying for the Certified Nursery Professional exam or a good way to expose new employees to the foundations of landscaping. Instructor: Susan Barton

Landscaping with an Environmental Focus: Shift your focus from traditional high-maintenance landscapes to natural, low-maintenance and environmentally sensitive landscapes. Instructors: Susan Barton, Carrie Murphy

Arthropod Abundance: Learn about some management options of the most common arthropods encountered in the landscape, nursery, or greenhouses. Take the time to learn how to I.D. beneficial arthropods from damaging pests and those nuisance or incidental pests. Instructor: Brian Kunkel

Make Your Hiring Efforts Count: Are your employees meeting your expectations? Clear, concise job descriptions help both employers and potential employees ensure a good match, and provide a benchmark to measure job performance.  Instructor: Valann Budischak

Make Your Own Workshop: If there is a topic you want to offer to your staff, contact us and we will try to work with you on developing a workshop that meets your needs.

Cost is $50, plus $10/person. Scheduling is based on availability of the instructor with expertise in the topic you choose. Pesticide and/or nutrient management credits may be available, depending on the course(s) selected. Contact your local County Extension Agent: Carrie Murphy, (302-831-2506), New Castle County and Tracy Wootten, (302-856-7303), Sussex County.