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:
- 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.
- 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:
- What Makes a Plant Invasive?, Barb Fair, NCSU Extension Landscape Specialist: http://go.ncsu.edu/barbfairinvasives
- Landscape Pest Management Without Neonicotinoids, Steve Frank, NCSU Extension Landscape Entomology Specialist: http://go.ncsu.edu/stevefrankneonics
- Minimizing the Impact of Pesticides on Pollinators, Charlotte Glen, N.C. Cooperative Extension – Chatham County Horticulture Agent: http://go.ncsu.edu/minimizeimpact
Resources to learn more:
- NCSU Going Native website – includes database of native plants for urban landscapes, design tips, and list of invasives
- 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 Pesticides and Honey Bees from Washington State University, provides an accessible literature review of research related to honey bee exposure to neonicotinoids
- Are neonicotinoids killing bees? – comprehensive report and literature review from the Xerces Society
- Planting garden center flowers is good for bees and other beneficial insects from Michigan State University
Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides
- How to reduce bee poisoning from pesticides, A Pacific Northwest Extension publication – in depth discussion of pesticide toxicity to bees and best management practices
- Pollinator Protection on the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship website:
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
- Honey bees at center of controversy – great discussion of issues related to bee decline and pesticides from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
- Bee Basics: An introduction to our native bees – beautiful guide from the US Forestry Service
- Bee Decline: Learn more from this great 15 minute TED talk presented by Marla Spivak, University of Minnesota Entomology Professor and a leading researcher on the causes of bee decline
Additional resources related to the conference:
- Chapel Hill SCORE – offering free mentoring to existing and start-up businesses.
- ecoIPM – Steve Frank’s website and blog
- 2015 NC Agricultural Chemicals Manual
Rain Garden and Rainwater Harvesting at NCSU:
- Residential Rain Gardens website
- Cisterns and Rainwater Harvesting website
- Rain water harvesting publication
- NCSU Extension Stormwater Group – Upcoming training events
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