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ELA Season’s End Summit 2019

Thu, November 7 @ 8:30 am EDT - 4:30 pm EDT

As we reflect on the past landscape season and look for inspiration for our next designs, ELA’s Season’s End Summit invites you to take a fresh look at some design fundamentals that may surprise you – and inspire your next designs.

Webinar: Plants with True Grit

Wed, October 23 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

In this class, we’ll talk about some of the plants that have shown themselves to be especially tough in a variety of conditions.

Webinar: Climate Change and Its Effects on Trees and Their Relationship to Insects

Tue, October 29 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

Dr. Herms will examine the evidence for anthropogenic climate change, including changes in patterns of precipitation; consider current and future impacts; and look at the implications for trees in urban and natural forests, especially their interactions with insects.

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Featured Articles

Commonly Encountered Invertebrate Lawn and Garden Pests

by Bruce Wenning

There are many garden pests out there, but this paper describes several of the more commonly encountered pests in the garden and provides information about options for control.

    Advances in Organic Weed and Pest Control – Fall Treatments

    by Joe Magazzi

    Get the latest on organic treatments for lawns in autumn. No aspects of organics have come further along in the last couple of years than organic weed and pest control – with major advances in technology and knowledge available to growers, designers, and applicators.

      Getting the Buzz from Pollinators in Mt. Cuba Center’s Trial Garden

      by Sam Hoadley

      Mt. Cuba Center’s mission is to inspire an appreciation for the beauty of native plants and a commitment to the native habitats that protect them. Over the past several years the Mt. Cuba Center Trial Garden has become an influencer to the nursery industry and to native plant enthusiasts. Learn about their trials, designed to identify the top performing species and cultivars within the genus that are best suited for the Mid-Atlantic region.

        Pray for the Prey of the Praying Mantis

        by Bud Reaves, Anne Arundel Forestry Board

        Mantises are one of the most ferocious predators in the animal kingdom. Able to capture and kill prey much larger than themselves, they have adapted into efficient, ruthless hunters and are valuable in the control of insect pests; however, exotic mantises may do more harm than good where they become too numerous

          Weed or Habitat?

          Contributors: Leslie Duthie and Ellen Sousa

          ELA invited a couple of members to identify the “weeds” they like to leave in the landscape for their habitat value.

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            A Chickadee’s Guide to Gardening: How to Create Habitat for Birds in Urban Settings

            Conference Session Review by Melanie Kenney

            As humans continue to shape and dominate the landscape, conservationists, land managers, homeowners, landscape professionals, and researchers need information about how wildlife interact with and make use of resources available in urban, suburban, and agricultural green spaces. Dr. Desirée Narango, Postdoctoral Researcher at the City University of New York, Visiting Researcher at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Research Associate with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, presented an exciting new set of research findings focusing on how songbirds navigate, feed, and reproduce in urban and suburban green spaces, using the Carolina chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) as a model insect-eater.

            Eco-Answers from the Pros: Help with Bishop’s Weed

            Help!! I have bishop’s weed all over my yard. I don’t use pesticides and I’m afraid to use vinegar because I don’t want to kill any surrounding plants. I live in Litchfield hills in the north west corner of Connecticut. I’m looking forward to spring but dreading seeing the bishops weed. I hope you can…

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