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Chatham Landscape Conference

Tuesday, March 10, 2015                                                                                                 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Resources from the conference are posted below:


8:45 – 9:00       Welcome

9:00 – 10:00     “Understanding why plants become invasive and how to manage them”

  • Dr. Barbara Fair, NCSU Landscape Extension Specialist – This session will discuss the biology that makes some plants invasive. We will also discuss control measures, including chemical and physical methods. Review the slides

10:00 – 10:15    Break

10:15 – 11:15    “What’s the buzz about neonicotinoids?”

  • Dr. Steve Frank, NCSU Entomology Extension Specialist – Neonicotinoids are a group of systemic pesticides commonly used in landscapes and nurseries. Concern about their impact on pollinators has caused some major retailers to stop carrying plants treated with these pesticides and property owners to request they not be used on their properties. This session will discuss the current controversy over the effects of neonicotinoids on bees. Our goal is to separate fact from hype so green industry professionals can provide accurate information about these products to their clients and determine their appropriate use in landscapes. Review the slides

11:15 – 11:30     Morning session wrap up

11:30 – 1:00      LUNCH – on your own

1:00 – 1:15        Afternoon session begins

1:15 – 2:00       Concurrent sessions – select one:

“Native Plants”

  • Sharon Day, Mellow Marsh Farm – This session will address the questions: What does native mean.? Why should we care? How can they be used?

“Rain Scaping:  Managing Runoff and Irrigating with Raingardens & Rain Water Harvesters”

  • Mitch Woodward, NCSU Extension Area Specialized Agent, Water Quality – Stormwater from landscapes and urban areas is a major cause of water pollution. Capturing and using the runoff in the landscape can save money and reduce runoff pollution! During this session Mitch Woodward will lead a walking tour and discussion of a rain garden and water harvester site in Pittsboro.

“Air spade and structural pruning demonstration”

  • Bryan Lowrance, Bartlett Tree Experts – This session will be held outdoors to demonstrate use of an air spade to minimize root damage while excavating around trees. Pruning practices to maximize structural integrity and plant health will also be demonstrated.

“Beekeeping Basics”

  • Mort Matheny, Beekeeper and owner, Arborgate Honey, Pittsboro – Join Mort, local beekeeper and past president of the Chatham County Beekeepers Association, to expand your knowledge of beekeeping and honey production.

2:00 – 2:15       Break

2:15 – 3:15      “Minimizing the impact of pesticides on pollinators in the landscape”

  • Charlotte Glen, Chatham Extension Horticulture Agent –  This session will discuss how to minimize the impact of pesticide applications in landscapes on pollinators through product selection, time and method of application, and other factors. Review the slides

3:15 – 3:30       Afternoon session wrap up

Review slides from the following Chatham Landscape Conference presentations:

Resources to learn more:

Native Plants

Invasive Plants

  • Invasive Exotic Plants of NC – excellent publication from NC DOT, covers identification and control of 30+ invasive species in NC (PDF file)
  • NC Invasive Plants Council – save the date: Southeast Exotic Plant Pest Council Annual Meeting, May 26-28, NC Botanical Gardens, Chapel Hill

Neonicotinoid Insecticides

Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides

Planting for Pollinators

  • Pollinator Conservation on Growing Small Farms website – lots of great resources including lists of the best ornamental bee forage plants for the piedmont

Bees and Bee Decline

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