Attention Green Industry Professionals

We've got an exciting year of brand new speakers planned. Please welcome Drs. Bodie Pennisi and Shimat Joseph as your hosts for the 2018 webinar season!  

Everyone should take advantage of learning from this unique group of speakers. See them live from the comfort of your office or home without travel or overnight costs. All you need is the ability to access the Internet!

Join Us for the Next Webinar!

Want to see what the webinars are all about? Check out the archives from our phenomenal speakers of previous seasons.

Looking for CEUs and need them sooner than our next webinar? If you live in Georgia contact your local county extension agent (or call at 1-800-ASK-UGA-1) and let them know you want to watch the webinar archives for credit.

All webinars aired 8:15 AM to 10:45 AM (EST). All dates are Wednesdays.

Presented by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in cooperation with the Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture.

Commercial and Private Webinars for Green Industry Professionals

January 17

Proper Pruning of Healthy and Beautiful Landscape Shrubs and Small Trees

Rick Smith

Pruning Guru, Inc.

Acworth, GA

Pruning is one of the most visible and essential practices done on ornamental shrubs and small trees in the landscape. More often than not, improper pruning results in unattractive habit and unhealthy plants. With the vast variety of flowering shrubs and small trees, it can be challenging to do the job right. Rick will talk about the when, where, and how’s to prune favorite plants and different techniques for creating a professional looking landscape.

Boxwood Blight: Identification and Management Strategies

Patrick Mawhinney

Prestige Shrub Tree & Turf

Atlanta, GA

Since its identification a decade ago, boxwood blight has been wreaking havoc on boxwood plantings in many parts of the country, including Georgia. Its biology makes it a very challenging disease to manage. Patrick will share his experience and expertise as a front-line practitioner of pathogen identification and management in the landscape.

CEU's Awarded:

  • AL:  None
  • GA: 2 hrs Cats 21, 23, 24, 32, 37; 2 hr Cat 10 (Private)
  • SC: 1 hr Cat 3
  • TN: 2 Pts C02, C03, C10, C12

March 21

Identification and Management of Invasive Plant Species

Karan Rawlins

Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health

University of Georgia, Tifton, GA

Exotic plant pests have a severe adverse impact on the diversity of Georgia's native plants and animals with far-ranging socioeconomic and environmental consequences. Proper identification is critical for effective control. Karen also will share information on tools and apps that make it easier to plan effective strategies to control or eradicate invasive plants.

Guidelines to Control Phytophthora Diseases in Native Restoration Nurseries

Dr. Steven Tjosvold

Cooperative Extension, Santa Cruz County

University of California, Watsonville, CA

Phytophthora plant pathogens can have devastating impacts on wildlands. Once these pathogens are detected in the wild, they are challenging – if not impossible – to eradicate. Our best defense against Phytophthora species becoming established in wildlands is to prevent their inadvertent introduction via infested nursery plants. Guidelines have been developed in California that supports the highest standards and best practices to exclude Phytophthora and other soil-borne pathogens from nursery stock. These principles will be discussed in this presentation.

CEUs Awarded:

  • AL: OTPC and OTPS1
  • GA: 2 hours Cats 21, 23, 24, 27, 32, 37, 10 (Private)
  • SC: 2 credits Cat 3
  • TN: 2 Pts C02, C03, C10, C12

1AL attendees will receive 10 points after completion of TWO webinars.

May 16

Identification and Management Strategies for Nuisance Wildlife

Dr. Mike Mengak

University of Georgia, Athens, GA

While most of us enjoy watching wildlife, sometimes wildlife interferes with our other activities. Wildlife eats our birdseed, dig up our gardens and landscape plants, and eat or damage our fruit, flowers, and vegetables. When wildlife populates a place where they are unwanted or causes damage to valuable plants or structures, they are no longer appreciated. Instead, they become a nuisance - and the list of critters just keeps growing - from deer, rabbits, moles, voles, to raccoons, bats, snakes, and armadillo! Mike will discuss basic principles for humanely resolving issues with nuisance wildlife and share his thoughts on the most effective management strategies.

CEUs Awarded:

  • AL: None
  • GA: 2 hours Cats 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 31, 32, 10 (Private)
  • SC: 2 credits Core
  • TN: 2 Pts C02, C03, C10, C12

July 18

Identification and Control of Nematodes in Turfgrass and a Little Tall Fescue for Good Measure

Dr. Jim Kerns

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Nematodes are the most abundant animals on the planet.  They are microscopic aquatic roundworms that live in soil and many other environments.  A small percentage of nematodes have adapted the ability to parasitize plants, and some can be very destructive.  This webinar will cover the basics of nematode identification, diagnosis, and management of these problematic pests.  Tall fescue is a widely used turfgrass throughout the US, and the management of this turf has changed as newer cultivars come to market.  The final piece of the webinar will briefly cover a few research projects on disease management in tall fescue.

Diseases of Southern Residential and Commercial Turfgrasses

Dr. Maria Tomaso-Peterson,

Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS

This webinar will start with the basics - the disease triangle and expand to the most common diseases such as large patch, leaf spots, fairy ring, spring dead spot, and leaf rust.  We will discuss disease symptoms, signs, and cultural and chemical control measures.

CEUs Awarded:

  • AL: OTPC and OTPS1
  • GA: 2 hours Cats 21, 23, 24, 27, 32, 35, 37, 10 (Private)
  • SC: 2 credits Cat 3
  • TN: 2 Pts C02, C03, C10, C12

1AL attendees will receive 10 points after completion of TWO webinars.

September 19

Don’t Let Scales Weight You Down!

Dr. Juang Chong

Pee Dee Research and Education Center

Clemson University, Florence, SC

Scale insects are the no. 1 pest of ornamental trees and shrubs in urban landscapes. Successful management of scale insects requires accurate species identification and a good understanding of their biology, crawler emergence timing, and properties of insecticides. In this webinar, JC Chong will discuss the identification and biology of the most commonly encountered scale insect species in the South, methods to scout and determine their crawler emergence times, the impacts of natural enemies, and practical chemical management approaches in nurseries and landscapes.

The Effects of Urban Landscapes on Tree Pests and Cultural Strategies to Manage Them

Dr. Adam G. Dale

Entomology & Nematology Department

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Trees and other woody plants in urban landscapes are often under more stress from temperature, drought, or different characteristics of urban landscapes. Insect pests usually outbreak and become more damaging as a result of plant stress. During this session, we will cover the stress factors that lead to insect outbreaks, mechanisms for how that happens, and cultural strategies for increasing urban tree health and reducing insect pest abundance.

CEUs Awarded:

  • AL: OTPC and OTPS1
  • GA: 2 hours Cats 21, 23, 24, 27, 31, 35, 10 (Private)
  • SC: 2 credits Cat 3
  • TN: 2 Pts C02, C03, C10, C12

1AL attendees will receive 10 points after completion of TWO webinars.

November 21

Major Insect Pests of Turfgrass in Georgia

Dr. Shimat V. Joseph,

Department of Entomology

University of Georgia, Griffin, GA

Several insect pests invade the golf courses, sod fields, public and residential turfgrasses in Georgia. These include foliage feeders and root feeders. The speaker will discuss the biology, ecology, monitoring and management strategies of crucial insect pests affecting turfgrass.

Rose Rosette Disease and Palm Disease

Dr. Kevin Ong

Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology, Director

Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, College Station, TX

Rose rosette is a devastating disease with complex biology. From Knock Out roses, Carpet roses, and favorites such as hybrid tea roses, floribundas, grandifloras, to traditional varieties – none are immune. Dr. Ong will discuss symptoms and best management strategies. He will also talk about pathogen issues in palm species.

CEUs Awarded:

  • AL: OTPC and OTPS1
  • GA: 2 hours Cats 21, 23, 24, 27, 31, 32, 35, 37, 10 (Private)
  • SC: 2 credits Cat 3
  • TN: 2 Pts C03, C10, C12

1AL attendees will receive 10 points after completion of TWO webinars.