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Back 2 Basics Wednesdays: AWebinar Series
This online educational series will provide basic gardening and landscaping training for clients in limited space urban areas. Join the Home Grounds team online this spring, which started on April 1, to learn about the basics of limited space gardening.
These sessions are held each Wednesday at 10 a.m. via Zoom: https://auburn.zoom.us/j/8844877917
April 15 – Controlling Weeds In your Gardens with Marcus Garner
April 22 – Container Gardens with Roosevelt Robinson
April 29 – Herbs for Urban Gardens with Sallie Lee
May 6 – Bioengineered Foods with Rudy Pacumbaba
To attend the webinar, you must tune in with Zoom using the above link. If you are new to Zoom, follow this link to watch a video that will help you prepare to attend. www.support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting Professional Development CreditsProfessional contact hours are being offered by the AAMU/UAH Regional In-service Center on the PowerSchool platform.
To register, please review the tutorial video online at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXw7g6D8brk&feature=youtube, then go to: www.alsde.truenorthlogic.com and register. You must register in order to receive contact hours. Course Title: UANNP/ACES – Urban Green B2B Webinar Series: Course Number: 24866 Section Number: 371712 Participants can earn up to three contact hours for the entire series. Call Jacqueline Rogers at 256-372-5771 if you have problems registering on PowerSchool. Contact Rudy Pacumbaba at rop0001@aces.edu for more information about this series or other Alabama Extension gardening and landscaping programs.
The Commercial Horticulture Extension Team is launching a weekly Facebook Live event called “Q&A FRIDAY!” that can be accessed through the team social media page, www.facebook.com/AlabamaExtensionCommercialHorticulture/. This event will be done every Friday 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; the Farming Basics Mobile App also connects to the Facebook page via the “News” tab. This will be a year-round activity from the horticulture team with multiple speakers scheduled each week. – I have attached the schedule for April and May 2020. Webinar Series: Caring for trees, our landscape’s most valuable resources
Join us for a free weekly one-hour webinar 1 ISA CEU available/webinar on April 16 at noon: “Preventing and Managing Herbicide Damage In Trees.”
It’s spring and we are all eager to get out landscape’s back in shape. Herbicides are useful tools for controlling unwanted weeds. However, if misapplied they can damage and kill trees in a matter of days. This seminar will review common mistakes, identifying herbicide damage and mitigation options. Registration is available via: www.auburn.zoom.us/meeting/regester/uJAudOCtrjIrsN0jCLo4y8GQ29p4TBWaTQ
Dr. Beau Brodbeck, extension specialist in community forestry and arboriculture expert for Auburn University Extension, will give a talk on April 23 at noon titled: “April Crepe Myrtle Scale: Emerging Science on Treatment Considerations.” The Crepe Myrtle Bark Scale is a new and emerging landscape pest in the United States. Once infested, this pest can transform crepe myrtles into unsightly plants in the landscape. This webinar will cover how this insect develops, as well as how to diagnose and manage this important scale insect. Registration is available via:
www.auburn.zoom.us/meeting/register/uJwlcu2upj4sfZrjaThGpJFz58Rq4zjMBQ Speaker
Dr. David Held, a professor of entomology at Auburn University, will speak on “Selecting Trees: Alternative Trees to Crepe Myrtle” on April 30 beginning at noon. The Crepe Myrtle is one of the iconic southern landscape trees. The advent of the Crepe Myrtle Bark Scale has begun to destroy the familiar crepes, so we need something new to stand it their place. We’ll examine the trade-available small to medium flowering trees and consider their promise as replacements for Crepe Myrtles. Registration is available via www.auburn.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJQqcuirqDMjgUI9o0HKdZSwVfTi2RyuCw
Jack Row of REA at Auburn University will speak on “Managing Pine Bark Beetle in Urban Landscapes” in a talk on May 7 beginning at noon. In light of last year’s drought pine bark beetles are expected to be a concern this summer. This seminar will discuss conditions that cause pine beetle outbreaks, bark beetle identification and management strategies for urban landscapes Registration is avaiable via www.auburn.zoom.us/meeting/register/u50uceiprjwu2K31KgFiVu5vuzMF8LVivg.