UMass Extension Symposium

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Extension will hold a symposium on sustainable landscape design and management in December.

The symposium will introduce the principles of sustainability and highlight the importance of proper specification and selection of plant materials for lawns, meadows, conservation areas and sites that support grazing.

It will also address the impact of input reduction for management of these areas.

Specific topics to be covered will include:

• Evaluation and Use of Composts

• Turfgrass Selection and Establishment

• Turfgrass Alternatives

• Meadows and High-Mown Areas

• Pastures and Conservation Areas

• Management of Invasive and Undesirable Plants

Landscape designers, architects, managers, technicians, business owners, public and private grounds personnel and all others interested in sustainable landscape design and maintenance are encouraged to attend.

The symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel, 366 Main St., Sturbridge, Mass., 01566.

Pre-registration is required due to limited seating.

Pesticide and professional certification credits will be offered.

For complete information about this program and online or mail registration, refer to: http://extension.umass.edu/turf/events/suscon_2011

Or contact Mary Owen at 508-892-0382/mowen@umext.umass.edu or Jason Lanier at 413-545-2965/jdlanier@umext.umass.edu

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