2020 Landscape & Grounds Maintenance Short Course

Mike Ballweg, Agriculture Agent

The goal of the 4-week short course is to provide timely information and education that will allow Green Industry professionals the opportunity to improve the quality of service and profitability of their horticultural businesses. Although this course is designed for people in the horticulture industry, Master Gardener Volunteers and other interested individuals participate. Continuing education (CEUs) are available for certified arborists and members of the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

One hundred forty (140)  people registered for the Landscape and Grounds Maintenance Short Course this year. Over 98% of short course participants rated the class as either excellent or good. Approximately 90% said they were “likely” or “very likely” to attend in future years.

Below are the 2020 Landscape & Grounds Maintenance Short Course Topics.

Week 1

  • Advancing Tree Risk Mitigation Through Basic Tree Care Rich Hauer, Professor, UW-Stevens Point
  • Abiotic Turf Issues and Glyphosate Alternatives Paul Koch, UW-Madison Extension Turfgrass Specialist

Week 2

  • Managing Wildlife in the Landscape David Drake, UW-Madison Extension Wildlife Specialist
  • The Big Chill: Cold Temperature Effects on Plants and How to Avoid Damage Laura Jull, UW-Madison Extension Woody Plants Specialist

Week 3

  • Working Backwards: Understanding Clues from Plant Damage to Identify Insect Pests PJ Liesch, UW-Madison Extension Entomologist
  • Landscape Plants for Shade Dave Wanninger, Horticulture in Charge, Boerner Botanical Gardens

Week 4

  • New and Upcoming Herbaceous Perennials Nancy Nedveck, Owner, The Flower Factory, Stoughton, WI
  • New and Emerging Landscape Plant Diseases Brian Hudelson, Director, Plant Disease Diagnostic
    Clinic, UW-Madison

Short Course Comments included:

Very informative, Keeps us up to date, Very good information and instructors. Really enjoying what I’ve learned, not only for my job but for what I can apply in my yard. Great speakers. Mike and his Extension Colleagues are doing an excellent job developing this educational program.