Totally Trees Webinar Series rescheduled in Mahaska County

Iowa State University Extension

Iowa State University Extension

The Iowa Master Gardener program and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are once again offering a series of summer garden webinars for the general public.

Trees are one of the most valuable components of home landscapes. Because weather patterns over the past couple of years have taken a toll on landscape trees, and because the Emerald Ash Borer is advancing across the state, the theme for the 2014 summer webinars is Totally Trees.

Mahaska County has rescheduled two of the webinars. The dates, presenters, and topics for their entire series of webinars are:

Thurs., August 21 (viewing archive of August 14) – Donald Lewis & Mark Shour, ISU Extension Entomologists, will speak on “Tree Pests: Emerald Ash Borer and Beyond”, with a focus on recent pests of trees such as the Emerald Ash Borer and the impact of these pests on the Iowa landscape.

Thursday August 28 (viewing archive of July 15) – Mark Vitosh, Iowa DNR District Forester, will speak on “Iowa’s Unknown Treasure: The Forest Resource.” He will discuss trees in communities as well as the benefits and issues of growing trees in Iowa woodlands and urban areas.

Thursday September 4 – Jeff Iles, Iowa State University Department of Horticulture, Chair and Extension Nursery and Landscape Specialist, will speak on “Replacing Ash Trees: Good Alternatives for Iowa”, providing ideas of other species of trees to consider planting in the home landscape.

The series, in its fifth year, is offered by the Iowa Master Gardener program in response to requests for more Iowa gardening educational opportunities. The sessions are open to all interested gardeners; participants are not required to have completed Master Gardener training to attend.

Sessions will be held from 6:30-8:30pm at the Mahaska County Extension Office; 212 North I Street, Oskaloosa. Cost to attend is $5 per person. Attendees may attend one, tow or all three webinars.

Please call 641-673-5841 to register by 9 am the day of the webinar or for more information on this or other horticulture events.

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