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DNLA’s summer expo set in Georgetown
By CAROL KINSLEY
The Delaware Nursery and Landscape Association will hold its Summer Turf and Nursery Expo Aug. 16 at the Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown, Del. Concurrent sessions will divide participants into manageable groups for a Pest and Beneficial Insect Walk on the campus of the Carvel Center, which includes a demonstration garden tended by Master Gardeners of Sussex County. Join Dr. Brian Kunkel, Delaware Extension entomologist, for a stroll as he identifies the "good guys," the "bad guys" and control strategies.
Dr. Rose Ogutu, assistant professor and horticulture Extension specialist at Delaware State University, will discuss soil health, an often overlooked and undervalued although critical component for plant growth.
Third choice of the morning is "Transportation Regulations, Laws & Safety," which will be addressed by Cpl. Keith Lamey of the Delaware State Police and Mike Love of Delaware Cooperative Extension.
Dr. Michelle Rodgers, director of University of Delaware Extension, will address attendees before lunch.
More choices await participants in the afternoon: hardscaping, tree removal, pruning techniques, business planning or a plant ID challenge. Shane Robinson of EP Henry will discuss the right product for your paver project. Ritchie Thurman and Chip Hudiburg of STI Landscape Solutions will discuss how to safely remove a tree when obstacles are present. Review how, what and when to prune with RIchard Pratt of Hagley Museum and Dot Abbott, statewide renewable resources agent.
Chart a plan-of-attack to achieve the results your business needs/wants to obtain with Dan Bailey of Bailey's Lawn & Landscape or test your identification skills with plants often found on the Certified Nursery Professional Exam in a session with Dr. Kunkel and Dr. Susan Barton, Extension specialist in ornamental horticulture.
Pesticide recertification credit, nutrient management CEU and ISA credits will be available.
Registration and viewing of exhibits begins at 8:15; the expo ends at 3:35 p.m.