If you’d like answers, solutions, and the tools available for a good lawn, plan on attending the annual Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service East Texas Turfgrass Conference Thursday February 7 in Overton. The program is $35, which includes lunch, and will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 Farm-to-Market Road 3053, Overton, Texas 75684. Registration and payment is at the door.
The popular yearly event is geared toward professional turfgrass managers, Master Gardeners, and homeowners. In the past, the program has been heavily attended by professionals in golf course, lawn care, and sports field management, but anyone interested in learning more about turfgrass and how to care for a lawn will benefit. A number of specialists will focus on those primary concerns, including lawn diseases, insects, weeds, and irrigation. There will also be various exhibitors there in the lawn care industry. Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units (CEU’s) will be available including four general and one integrated pest management.
The speakers and their topics include:
· Darren Rozell, Rozell Sprayer Manufacturing owner, Tyler: “Chemical Update.”
· Dr. Becky Grubbs, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension statewide turfgrass specialist: “Winter Weed Control” and “Major Diseases of Lawns.”
· Dr. Mike Merchant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension urban entomologist: “Lawn Pest Update.’
· Brad Waters, A&A Landscape and Irrigation vice president, Farmersville: “Irrigation Efficiency.”
· Janet Hurley, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension program specialist at the Integrated Pest Management School, Dallas: “History of Integrated Pest Management (IPM).”