Every garden is home to a host of life. Unfortunately, some of these six- and eight-legged inhabitants are detrimental to the health and survival of plants. Learn how to manage insect pests in your garden using a sustainable "toolbox" approach. Focus on integrated pest management techniques as well as the identification of both harmful and beneficial organisms. Go home knowing how to control pests in your garden using safe, wildlife-friendly practices.
Mike Leventry owns Verdant Plant Health Care in Wilmington, Delaware, where he provides environmentally responsible solutions to clients' landscape and turf health issues. During his career, Mike has consulted on the health of some of our region's most impressive specimen trees and managed pests ranging from insects to algae to skunks. He has worked at Longwood Gardens, the University of Delaware, and the Kennett Collection, which is North America's largest privately held bonsai collection. Mike is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist and holds a degree from the University of Delaware where he studied plant protection, with concentrations in horticulture and education. He has taught seminars on integrated pest management on the local, regional, and national levels.
10am-11:00am: Introduction, Foundations of an IPM program
11:00am-12pm: IPM Control Strategies
12:30pm-2:30pm: IPM Control Strategies, cont.; Biological Control Identification
10am-12pm: Quick Review, Beneficial Insect Walk
12:30pm-2:30pm: Pest Identification and Biology
10am-12pm: Quick Review, Pest Identification and Biology, cont.
12:30pm-2:20pm: Pest Walk
2:20pm-2:30pm: Wrap up, course evaluation and native plant giveaway
Horticulture / Plants
Health, Safety and Welfare
1. Understand the definition of integrated pest management (IPM) and the basic components of an IPM program.
2. Be able to apply IPM concepts to solve pest problems in ornamental plant systems.
3. Identify common insect/mite beneficial organisms, insect/mite pests, and their associated damage symptoms on plants in the landscape.
4. Make proper control recommendations based on pest identification and biology.
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