The annual Lawn and Landscape School will be held Jan. 28-30 at the West Central Research and Extension Center, 402 W State Farm Road, in North Platte. This three-day school will help grounds and golf course maintenance staff, lawn services, garden centers, landscape professionals and retail store employees learn and/or improve their lawn, landscape and tree care skills in both public and private settings through common sense applications.
Focus is on reducing the use of pesticides, fertilizers and over-applied chemicals to encourage ecological balance.
Maintaining a landscape in ecological balance can promote a healthy environment for soil, grass, plants and trees without spending significant dollars to correct problems which arise when chemicals and water are overused. Using best management practices can help conserve soil and water resources, and minimizes the effects of extreme weather conditions.
This year’s school features Lucinda Mays, public horticulturalist at Chadron State College. Mays will share her view on the “nuts and bolts” of maintaining landscapes in western Nebraska. Other presenters from UNL and the forest service will cover: Watering and fertilizing a lawn, managing weeds, designing and installing rain gardens, new and emerging pests, landscapes and trees, benefits of pollinators, pruning trees, desirable plants. The school utilizes a system approach with an interactive setting to help those attending learn how to maintain and improve landscapes while reducing dependency on pesticides and fertilizers in landscapes.
Classes run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., CST. Tuition is $175 and includes materials, speaker fees and breaks for the three-day school.
Meals and lodging are the responsibility of the participant. Please make all checks payable to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Participant registrations are due by Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, to Rachel Allison, Nebraska Forest Service, 402 W State Farm Road, North Platte, NE 69101.
With questions about the school or for copies of the Lawn and Landscape School brochure, please call Rachel Allison at (308) 696-6718 or send an e-mail to