Free green industry class to discuss turfgrass disease

Cooperative Extension series teaches sustainable horticulture to local professionals

The reason for turfgrass decline is not commonly disease-related, so it’s important to know what to look for. Photo by Jenn Fisher, Extension.

brown turfgrass surrounded by green turfgrass

As part of the Green Industry Continuing Education Series, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension presents “Turfgrass Disease” noon-1 p.m., Sept. 11, at the Extension office at 4955 Energy Way in Reno.

“Disease requires a host, pathogen and favorable environment to occur,” said Extension Commercial Horticulture Program Coordinator Jenn Fisher. “In Nevada, we often don’t have the environment for disease, though it can be created with poor maintenance practices. It’s important for green-industry professionals to know how to identify and control common turfgrass diseases when they do occur.”

The class, taught by Brian Dean, project manager at Gail Willey Landscaping Inc., will outline the basics of diseases, including the conditions that encourage disease and the organisms that cause it. Dean will cover common turfgrass diseases in northern Nevada from identification to control. The class offers Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

The Green Industry Continuing Education Series provides current, research-based information to green-industry professionals. For upcoming classes, visit the green industry series website.

Register online at the turfgrass disease registration page. For more information on classes or certification, contact Fisher at fisherj@unce.unr.edu or 775-336-0249. Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should call at least three days prior to the class they intend to attend.

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