Live Webcast - Natural Lawn Care for Professional Turf Managers and Landscapers
A live webcast featuring selected sessions from SPCP's Natural Lawn Care workshop
February 20-21, 2008
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This will be a live webcast of selected sessions from SPCP's Natural Lawn Care workshop, February 20-21, 2008. Details about the sessions are below. The webcast will be entirely online, and requires only that you have a computer with an internet connection and Windows Media Player. To view the webcast, copy and paste the following website into your browser:
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It's All in the Soil
What’s the main difference between a healthy lawn and an unhealthy one: it’s all about soil. Chip Osborne will walk you through healthy soil conditions discussion how the soil food web affects turf, what soil conditioners to use and how this approach will benefit the lawn.
Not All Grass is Created Equal
When it comes to selecting the proper grass cultivars for seeding a natural lawn, some varieties are clearly superior to others. Dr. John Stier will discuss selecting the best grass seed for the Midwest for optimal performance, including what properties to look for in grass seed when establishing a natural lawn. He will also address sod vs. seed.
Dr. John Stier
Horticultural Practices for Natural Lawns
The biggest misconception of natural lawn care is that it is a ‘do nothing’ approach. Quite the contrary; natural lawns require maintenance just like any other lawn. The primary reason natural lawns fail is because people neglect to follow specific techniques in the culture and care of the lawn. Nobody understands this better than Chip Osborne. Different practices are required to produce a lush lawn under a natural program. Learn how to achieve success and reduce costly inputs over time.
Composts and Compost Tea
Most people are familiar with the benefits of compost: organic matter, nutrients and soil microbes. Learn how compost is turned into compost tea for an effective alternative to adding bulk material to the turf. Compost tea feeds soil the microbes that a transitioning lawn will need after years of chemical lawn care, which will provide a wide range of benefits that will feed the turf and can keep your lawn green longer in the season.
Up to the Task: Managing Athletic Fields with Organics
Every municipal turf manager worries about appearance and budget. Chip Osborne has had great success managing high-use athletic fields in Massachusetts using a natural approach. He has been applying natural techniques in the township of Marblehead for six (6) years. Gain some insight into effectively using natural lawn and how this approach can improve your bottom line.
Grow Your Green Business
This session will walk you through proven strategies for marketing to and signing up natural lawn care customers. Doug Wood will present sample marketing materials, letters and other ideas for you to be a success in this new category.
Greater Earth Organics
Robert Posthuma has devoted the past 12 years to studying and working with soil and plant health through non-toxic means. As a result of his experience as a designer and manager of two liquid fish fertilizer factories, he has gained an appreciation and knowledge of organic management practices in a wide variety of eco-systems. More recently, he has been concentrating his efforts on soil and crop improvement through the use of compost tea to enhance plant health and productivity, and is the developer of the GEOTEA compost tea brewing system. Robert is a certified Soil Foodweb Advisor and has worked closely with Dr. Elaine Ingham of Soil Foodweb, Inc. to study the complex interrelations between plants and the microbial communities that sustain them. His work takes him around the world educating people about compost tea and creating unique products to meet customer expectations. He currently resides in Wisconsin.
President, Osborne Organics
Chip Osborne, founder and President of Osborne Organics, LLC, has over 10 years experience in creating safe, sustainable and healthy athletic fields and landscapes, and 35 years experience as a professional horticulturist. As a wholesale and retail nurseryman he has first hand experience with the pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides routinely used in landscape and horticultural industry. Personal experience led him to believe there must be a safer way to grow plants. His personal investigation, study of conventional and organic soil science practices, and hands-on experimentation led him to become one of the country's leading experts on growing sustainable, natural turf.
Along the path to greening his own industry practices, Chip became a regular lecturer for the Northeast Organic Farming Association, a board member of Beyond Pesticides, Chairman of the Marblehead, Massachusetts' Recreation and Parks Department, and speaker nationwide on the topic of turf management for athletic fields and landscapes. He speaks to a wide audience of sports field professionals, state and municipal agencies, and community groups. In 1998 Chip and Pat Beckett, co-founded The Living Lawn Project in Marblehead, MA, one of the country's first natural lawn demonstration sites. It is a nationally-recognized, living example that beautiful, healthy grass can be grown without the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. He remains a dedicated environmental activist speaker for communities wanting to learn about why and how to change their town policies.
Associate Director, Grassroots Environmental Education
Doug Wood is the Associate Director of Grassroots Environmental Education, a non-profit organization based in New York. Doug is the Director of Training for the Grassroots Healthy Lawn Program, an award-wining pesticide reduction program that has trained over 300 New York-area landscapers in the techniques of natural lawn care. A filmmaker, music composer, marketing consultant and successful business owner, Doug is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and the producer of "Natural Turf Pro," a four-hour home-study course on natural lawn care to be released in the fall of 2007.
John Stier, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Extension Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S. Ohio State University-Plant Pathology
M.S. Ohio State University-Turfgrass pathology
Ph.D. Michigan State University-Turfgrass physiology and management
1997: Began current position at UW-Madison, 70% extension, 30% teaching appointment. Teach courses in Introductory and Advanced Turf Management. Research program focuses on:
Environmental issues in turf production and management
Organic turf management
Weed management and growth regulation
Cold and shade stress tolerance of turfgrasses
Univ. Wisc. College of Agriculture Extension Award, 2002
Excellence in Research Award from Seed Research of Oregon, 2002
School IPM Certificate of Recognition, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2003