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Nation’s Leading Landscape Experts To Convene in Chicago

Professionals and Homeowners Invited to 2-Day Symposium

They are the major issues facing the lawn and garden industry on our continent today: How do you deal with fertilizer runoff from lawns? How can you safely save your trees in the face of exotic invasive insects? How can golf courses deliver championship conditions and still be environmentally friendly?

Emeritus Professor George Snyder

Emeritus Professor George Snyder

The event, to be held at the Chicago Botanic Garden, is bringing together the top professionals in the world today for a two-day symposium. Day 1, Friday, March 30, is geared for professionals in turf care, municipal maintenance, arborists and golf course superintendents. Day 2, Saturday, March 31, will be structured for homeowners.

“The lawn and garden industry is facing unprecedented challenges and we have brought together the thought leaders who will help others find successful solutions,” said Brian Milam of Calcium Products Inc. the event organizer. The lead sponsor is the non-profit organization Lawn to Lake, with additional support from Natural Industries (makers of Actinovate), Milorganite, the Authentic Haven Brand, Bradfield Organics, and the Seed Keeper Company.

The focus of the presentations will be environmental sustainability, organic maintenance and Integrated Pest Management. Educational credits will be available for professionals.

Among the presentions on the professional day:

How to prevent nutrient leaching from turfgrass — Dr. George Snyder, professor emeritus of soil & water science, University of Florida

What to do about Emerald Ash Borer — Peter Wild, founder, Boston Tree Preservation

What’s making Torrey Pines look so amazing? — Paul Cushing, deputy director, golf division, city of San Diego

Organic management for the lawn care professional — Howard Garrett, founder, DirtDoctor.com.

For the homeowners’ session on Saturday, March 31, Wild will deliver a second address focused on how to save the urban forest and specimen trees. Dr. William Sadler, of Sadler’s Natural Solutions, will talk about organic lawn care and gardening and SafeLawns founder Paul Tukey will deliver the keynote address that details new products that make natural, safe lawn and care care more viable than ever before. At 11:30 a.m., Tukey will convene a panel discussion with all the experts to answer audience questions.

For more information, call Brian Milam 920-400-0422.

About The Author

Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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