RSVP for GreenCAPE'S
Municipal Natural Land Management:
A Systems Approach
Chip Osborne, Osborne Organics
Wednesday, March 13th, 2013, 8:00am-3:00pm
Location: Barnstable Town Hall - Hearing Room (2nd Floor)
367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA (behind the Post Office)
Hosted by Osborne Organics, GreenCAPE, and Toxics Action Center
Course Duration, Brief Description and Objectives
This is a one-day course, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm (Registration and coffee from 8:00 am - 8:30 am). The
premise of the course is that a healthy organically maintained turf is more
resilient, more drought-tolerant and more resistant to pest infestations than
chemically maintained lawns. Our instructor, Chip Osborne, will discuss in
detail how to measure, develop and maintain healthy soil biology, how to
maintain proper fertilization levels for optimum growth and plant health, how
cultural practices should be altered for organic turf, and how to address
specific pest problems using least-toxic pesticides. This will be taught so that
attendees will gain a full understanding of the basic concepts of organic turf
management and how these practices integrate with people and the environment
here on the Cape.
- 8:30 SIGN IN and coffee (pre-registration required)
- 8:45 The Systems Approach to Natural
The concept of a systems based approach as opposed to a
product centered one will be explained at the outset. It is the alternative strategy of learning to
manage the system that gives us the results we desire.
- 9:15 Conventional vs. Natural Turf
Management: A Perspective
A brief discussion will outline the history and development
of conventional turf management and an explanation about the fundamental
differences between it and a natural approach.
Reference will be made to why this strategy is good for Cape Cod.
- 10:15 Understanding Soil Biology
Chip will discuss and explain how the natural soil system
works, and how it's different from chemical systems. He will discuss the role
of healthy soil in promoting plant health, why microorganisms (bacteria, fungi,
nematodes and protozoa) play a critical role, and how to measure this
microbiology and other aspects of the soil (soil testing methods and how to
read the reports). This section of the
course is designed to help attendees understand that organic lawn care is not a
matter of product substitution but a fundamental change in approach.
10:30-12:00 Turfgrass Nutrition and Soil Health
Techniques for developing and maintaining optimum soil
quality will be discussed. The balancing of pH is our first step. Organic
granular fertilizers and how they work, microbial inoculants, compost
topdressing and compost tea will then be addressed as ways of feeding the soil
to assist us in growing healthy vigorous turfgrass. Proper fertility at the
right time of the season will assist in preventing many potential pest
– 12:30 Lunch (not provided but desserts are!)
12:30 - 2:00 Amended Cultural Practices for
This hour focuses on how various cultural practices should
be altered in an organic lawn care program. Emphasis will be on mowing
techniques (cut high), the importance of regular aeration (compaction is the
number one enemy of turf grass) and how to manage irrigation for optimum
results (too much water or water at the wrong time leads to fungal problems).
- 3:00 Addressing Pests and Reducing Chemicals, Compost Tea,
Q & A
Various types of pest problems common to turf in our area
will be discussed, and how to best manage them without using chemical
pesticides as the first line of defense; discussion of least-toxic pesticide options and importance of appropriate timing of application.
Sign Up for the Natural Turf Training by Osborne Organics
Dear GreenCAPE Director Sue Phelan
I would like to sign up for the training on Municipal Natural Land Management: A Systems Approach by Chip Osborne of Osborne Organics.
I plan to attend the one-day course, on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Barnstable Town Hall Hearing Room. (Registration for the event will take place from 8:00 am - 8:30 am and the event will start promptly at 8:30 am.)The workshop is FREE for town employees, school groundskeepers, and "Adopt a spot" volunteers. The workshop costs $75 for homeowners and $100 for professional landscapers and town contractors, fee to be paid by deadline March 1, 2013, through PayPal at www.GreenCAPE.org. No checks, cash, or credit cards will be accepted at the event. Professionals seeking CEUs or state pesticide credits must also provide an additional $25 fee by the March 1, 2013 deadline.
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