Monday, August 18, 2014

Learn About Tree Health and Garden Pest Control at Master Gardener Seminar Sept. 6 in Nixa

Contact: Dr. Gordon Carriker, agriculture business specialist
Headquartered in Christian County
Tel: (417) 581-3558

For Interviews contact: Jennifer Ailor at 417-581-4018
OZARK, Mo. – Learn about keeping landscape trees healthy and safely managing pests in the garden at a free seminar from 1 to 4 p.m., Sept. 6, at the Nixa Community Center, 701 N. Taylor Way, Nixa.

The seminar is organized by the Christian County Master Gardeners and individuals can register for it by calling the University of Missouri Extension office in Ozark at (417) 581-3558.

Dean Alberty of Midwest Tree Healthcare Company will discuss “Healthy Trees.” He will explain how to save your favorite ash trees from the emerald ash borer and new tree diseases and pests appearing in Missouri woodlands.

“Some of the new pests are hitching rides through imported woods and from wooden crates from other parts of the world. These wood imports pose serious threats because they have no natural predators or controls in this country,” said Alberty, who has traveled extensively internationally to study the problem.

Becky Nicholas of Wickman’s Garden Village will present, “Safe and Effective Pest Controls in the Garden.” Her presentation will include organic, eco-friendly products and techniques for protecting plants against plant diseases, insects, birds and pesky raccoons and deer.

Nicholas is a landscape consultant, has written gardening articles for various publications and has taught at the Ozarks Technical Community College.


For more information on the Christian County Master Gardeners, its demonstration garden and its free public classes, contact J.J. Leek at 581-6774, or Jennifer Ailor at 581-4018.

To become a Master Gardener, contact Dr. Gordon Carriker, MU Extension specialist and advisor to the Christian County Master Gardeners at 581-3558.


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