Weeds: Nature’s Graffiti – How IPM Can Fix That

Weeds of concern and their control varies widely by state. The attitudes of school districts toward weeds also differ depending on whether the weeds are in the recess yard or athletic field. How do school facility managers or contracted turf management firms contend with weeds?

Learn how to observe your school grounds with an eye toward identifying weeds and their locations. This webinar, sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, will provide you with Integrated Pest Management (IPM) based control tactics for common weeds. IPM is an approach that uses a hierarchy of practices, including exclusion, sanitation, biological, and mechanical methods, to reduce unnecessary pesticide exposure while providing sustainable pest control.

You’ll learn about landscape design solutions, such as underlayments and mow strips, to address weed issues, cow path and desire lines. A grounds manager will recount his school’s challenges with weeds on the grounds and athletic fields and offer guidance for developing a successful IPM program.

This webinar will empower you to implement improvements in your weed management program.

This webinar will prepare you to

  • Identify weeds on your school grounds and determine the most effective control tactics for removal.
  • Understand key elements of sustainable pest control, such as, the importance of reducing unnecessary pesticide exposure.
  • Develop a comprehensive weed management program that incorporates IPM practices.
  • Utilize specific landscape design solutions, such as, underlayments and mow strips.

Presenters

  • Jenny Kao-Kniffin, PhD, Cornell University
  • Gordan Murray, Intra-District Schools Regional School Unit (Maine)
  • Marcia Anderson, PhD, EPA Center for Expertise for School IPM

Space is limited to the first 1,000 to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar. Register here.

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