Join PHS and Scott Arboretum for a two-day workshop, “Natural Lawn and Turf Management Training for Lawn Care Professionals.” Taught by Chip Osborne, president of Osborne Organics in Marblehead, MA, the course will cover his alternative approach to turf management that does not rely on synthetic pesticides and chemical-based fertilizers, but uses high-quality natural products and stresses a thorough understanding of the principles of soil biology and revised horticultural techniques.
Topics to be covered include:
- The history of conventional turf management practices and how a natural approach differs
- The “Systems Approach” to turf management
- Soil tests, managing soil fertility, and fertilizers
- Liming, soil amendments, and product rates and calculations
- Insects and fungal diseases of turf and control products
- Turf weeds and control products and strategies
- Choosing the right grass
- Compost and topdressing
- The transition period: Growing your business with a new profit center
The event will be held at Swarthmore College, site of the beautiful Scott Arboretum, on August 2 and 3 from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Sessions will be held in room 199 of the Science Center. Parking will be available in the adjacent DuPont lot.
This course is approved for the following CEUs:
- NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCP): four credits
- PA Pesticide Recertification: three credits in Core, six credits in six, five credits in seven, 11 credits in 23, 10 credits in PC
- NJ Pesticide Recertification: pending
The cost for to attend for both days is $300. To register online, click here. Please call 215-988-1628 to register by phone.