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Lawn care workshop in Springfield with the pros

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A walker enjoys the Ozarks Greenways Trail that winds through Springfield.

A walker enjoys the Ozarks Greenways Trail that winds through Springfield.

By now, if you live in the Ozarks, your lawn is on the crunchy side unless you are one of the fortunate ones who got a welcome micro-tunderstorm recently. Never fear, however, because a healthy lawn is a resilient piece of your garden, and it will come back strong when the rains and cooler temperatures return.

Even so, you might welcome some tips for a healthier lawn, especially one that doesn’t require water like a rice paddy.

Join University of Missouri Extension turf and horticulture specialists at a “Lawn Care Professional Workshop” to improve or perfect your lawn care skills. The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2 at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Avenue, Springfield, Mo. 65807

The workshop is $35 per person and the registration deadline for this program is Friday, August 29. The registration form can be found online at www.extension.missouri.edu/greene. Registration is also possible in person at the Greene County Extension, 2400 S. Scenic Avenue, Springfield, MO 65807.

“The program was designed for lawn care professionals, but it would also be great for home owners who want to improve their yard,” said Patrick Byers, a University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist who works with commercial lawn care managers to address turf issues.

Topics like soil testing, soil improvement, minimizing lawn pests and insects, lawn renovation, lawn diseases, lawn diagnosis and lawn mowing, fertility, aeration and watering will be covered.

Besides Byers, three other University of Missouri Extension professionals will be instructors at the workshop.

  • Dr. Lee Miller, a University of Missouri turfgrass pathologist, directs research on disease control in turfgrasses, provides disease diagnosis and provides recommendations turf for the lawn, golf, sports turf, and sod industries.
  • Dr. Brad Fresenberg, state turfgrass specialist with University of Missouri, teaches undergraduate courses and programs at MU and specializes in athletic field design and maintenance.
  • Jill Scheidt, an agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension, works with homeowners in five counties on lawn care questions. She recently aided in the development of a turf grass course at Pennington Seed.

For more information about the program, your may call Patrick Byers at (417) 881-8909 or contact him by email at byerspl@missouri.edu.

greenway biker

Biking along the Ozarks Greenway Trail can take you all the way from center city to the Springfield Botanical Gardens if you like.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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