The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Comal County and the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Partnership will offer a turfgrass management program for local landscape professionals on March 24.
The program will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension office at 325 Resource Drive in New Braunfels.
The cost is $40. Registration can be completed by visiting the office in person or by calling 830-620-3440. Coffee, snacks and lunch will be provided.
Two Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education credits for pesticide applicators are approved, one general and one laws and regulations.
For more information about the program, contact Annalee Epps, AgriLife Extension watershed coordinator, Bryan-College Station, at 979-845-2862 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or the AgriLife Extension office in Comal County at 830-620-3440 or email@example.com.
Program topics and expert speaker
This program will cover turfgrass best management practices including irrigation, pesticide label interpretation, and a pesticide and fertilizer application calculations workshop, said Epps.
Manuel Chavarria, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialist in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Bryan-College Station, is the featured speaker.
“This short course is designed for turfgrass professionals and enthusiasts looking to expand their knowledge of turfgrass systems and best management practices,” Chavarria said. “The objective is to empower turfgrass managers to make confident, well-informed decisions through a combination of applied and theoretical knowledge.”
The Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Partnership is a joint effort of AgriLife Extension and the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority. The partnership was formed in response to the elevated levels of E. coli bacteria and concern for nitrate-nitrogen concentrations found in the creeks.
The responsible management of turfgrass, especially implementing best management practices for fertilizers and pesticides, is a crucial part of watershed management. This course will contribute to stakeholder education and investment in protecting local water quality.