Monday, August 18, 2014

Lawn Care Professional Workshop in Springfield Sept. 2

Contact: Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist
Headquartered in Greene County
Tel: (417) 881-8909

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – 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, Springfield, Mo.

The workshop cost $35 per person and the registration deadline for this program is Friday, August 29. The registration form can be found online at

“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 call Patrick Byers at (417) 881-8909 or contact him by email at Registration is also possible in person at the Greene County Extension, 2400 S. Scenic Avenue, Springfield, MO 65807.


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