Master Gardener classes begin next week

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

McCOOK, Neb. -- University of Nebraska--Lincoln Extension is offering several lawn and garden programs this spring that are open to the public and part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Master Gardener training program.

Feb. 3 -- Waterwise Landscapes and Residential Rain Gardens -- Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn about water-wise landscape practices and about residential rain garden design and plant selection to conserve water, reduce nutrient runoff, and add plant diversity to landscapes -- Presented by Kelly Feehan, Platte County Extension Educator

Feb. 10 -- Pruning Deciduous and Evergreen Trees and Shrubs -- Learn about the correct pruning time and methods to enhance the health, function, and aesthetic beauty of deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs.

-- Presented by Kim Todd, Extension Horticulture Specialist

Feb. 17 -- Insects -- Beneficials in the Garden and Landscape and Vegetable Insect Pests -- Learn to know the identification, life cycles, and functions between beneficial and harmful insects found in landscapes and vegetable gardens.

-- Presented by Natalia Bjorklund, Dodge County Extension Educator and Nicole Stoner, Gage County Extension Educator

Feb. 24 -- Wildlife Damage Management -- What is damaging the landscape or the garden? Here is your opportunity to learn about different wildlife that can damage landscapes and gardens, along with their damage patterns, and control options.

-- Presented by Dennis Ferraro, Herpetologist & Natural Resources Online Educator

March 3 -- Technology in the Garden and Landscape Photography for Beauty and Diagnostics -- Move your tablet off the deck and into the garden -- We will look at some if the latest trends just for the garden world. Capture the beauty of landscapes as well as the ability to identify plant material, insects, and plant damage found in landscapes and gardens through diagnostic photos.

-- Presented by Terri James, Extension Assistant and Jim Kalisch, UNL Entomologist

March 10 -- Preparing for Emerald Ash Borer: Identification, Management and Treatment Options and Tree Planting Selections Now and Post EAB -- Here is your opportunity to learn more about Nebraska's response plan to Emerald Ash Borer once it is found in Nebraska, how to prepare for EAB, and about tree planting selections. Learn how EAB is identified, treated, and tree species selections across Nebraska in regards to the spread of EAB.

-- Presented by Laurie Stepanek, Forest Health Specialist and Amy Seiler, Community Forester, Nebraska Forest Service

All programs will be held from 6:30-9:00 PM CST, and 5:30-8:00 PM MST on Tuesday evenings at:

Nebraska Extension -- Red Willow County

1400 W 5th St

McCook, NE 69001

308-345-3390 or 877-674-6947

Pre-registration is requested. Non-Master Gardener fee is $10.00 per class. If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener, please contact the Extension Office.

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