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Three-part ‘Totally Trees’ webinar slated

By Staff | Jul 2, 2014

ROCKWELL CITY -The Iowa Master Gardener program and Iowa State University Extension is offering a series of summer garden webinars.

Trees are one of the most valuable components of home landscapes.

Due to weather patterns over the past few years that 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.

Sessions will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Calhoun County Extension office, 521 Fourth St., Rockwell City.

Dates, presenters, and topics for the webinars include:

A). July 15: Mark Vitosh, Iowa Department of Natural Resources 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.

B). Aug. 14: Donald Lewis and Mark Shour, ISU Extension entomologists, will speak on, “Tree Pests: Emerald ash borer and beyond,” with focus on the impact of these pests on the Iowa landscape.

C). Sept. 4: Jeff Iles, chairman of the ISU Department of Horticulture, and an 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 gardeners. Participants are not required to have completed Master Gardener training.

To register or for more information call (712) 297-8611.

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