We wrapped up the third annual, 5 day Rutgers Organic Land Care Course this past Wednesday with great success!
Attendees gained a thorough understanding that organics is not just about switching products and involves
building a healthy environment for plants, microbes, wildlife and humans.
Topics included: pesticide risk, soil health, compost & compost tea, mulching, history of organics, water resource management,
rain gardens, sustainable landscape design, right plant – right place, proper planting, lawn installation renovation and management,
disease & pest management, cultural practices, business management and customer communications.
Speakers were either from Rutgers or are active practitioners.The afternoon was devoted to a panel discussion of practitioners on
their experiences in the field.
Congratulations to the 2014 Rutgers Cooperative Extension Organic Land Care Program Graduates
FEBRUARY 24 The New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association is hosting a full day seminar on implementing
Plant Health Care Programs. Learn how to be more effective in managing turf and landscapes with fewer pesticides. Register Today.
MARCH 10 I will be speaking on Soil Improvement and the Nutrient Management Law at NJ PLANTS Professional Landscape & Nursery Trade Show on March 10th at the NJ Convention Center in Edison NJ. Since 2010 New Jersey’s nutrient management law has required training and certification of fertilizer applicators. Central to that training is the understanding of the environmental risks posed by mis-applications and nutrient
run off. This presentation will discuss the law, and how organic matter and a healthy soil food web can play a role in reducing nutrient run off.