Plant This, Not That: Informed Plant Selection

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This session will review significant pest and disease problems that affect woody plants commonly used in the landscape. Alternative selections more resistant to pests and diseases will be discussed. Choosing the correct plant based on the site conditions will also be covered, along with several common planting issues that occur routinely (planting too deep, girdling roots/ropes/wires, etc.). The ability to choose problem-resistant plants and to install them correctly so they are set up for successful growth, good health, and long life is key to sustainability (plant selection and design), good horticultural practices, landscape preservation, and vegetative management. Understanding how the environment, site factors, and host material influence pest, disease, and stress problems is essential to good landscape design, installation, and treatment options.
Atlantic City, NJ
Distance Learning
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Horticulture / Plants
Health, Safety and Welfare
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1. Understand several common pest and disease problems that affect woody ornamentals often used in the urban landscape.
2. Be able to provide alternative plant selections that are more resistant to pest, disease, and stress problems when choosing vegetation for landscapes.
3. Understand site conditions and planting practices that will affect plant health and how to choose the appropriate plant material and/or management strategies to overcome these issues.
SPEAKER: Megan McConnell, Diagnostic Services Manager – Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory Meg McConnell is the Diagnostic Services Manager at the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory in Charlotte, NC. She is a plant problem, disease, and insect diagnostici
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