LPU: Course descriptions and approved credits

Registration reopens Tuesday, January 18.

Landscape Pro University August 31, 2022

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7:00 am - 8:00 am - Check in and onsite registration

1. Landscape Design Seminar: Designing the Environmentally Responsive Landscape...a Nature-Inspired Approach - 8 am - 3:25 pm

This full-day, hands-on workshop is for green industry professionals wishing to create designs that are stunning and earth-friendly. This profit-centered course focuses on marketing and selling your ecologically sound concepts to all types of clients.  All drafting supplies, paper and materials are included.

  • Selling it...tips to move your customer to buy
  • Top 10...best practices for an eco-friendly landscape
  • The foundation...Environmentally sensitive site and client analysis
  • Bold yet efficient...quick and easy design graphics for massing annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees
  • Incurves and outcurves...creating a consistent visual theme using a curvilinear technique
  • Drift design - a nature inspired paradigm that creates a unity and movement
  • Putting it all together...a final project that ties it all together

Instructor: Dr. Richard Ludwig

2. Georgia Pesticide License Review for Exam - 8 am - 3:25 pm

This full-day training is intended for turfgrass and ornamental landscape employees interested in attaining the Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s Category 24 License in Georgia. This license is required for anyone who does contract spraying of herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides in Georgia for residential, industrial, or business applications. This training also is open to licensed applicators who would like a refresher course.

This training is intended for turfgrass and ornamental landscape employees interested in attaining the Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s Category 24 License in Georgia. This license is required for anyone who does contract spraying of herbicides, insecti-cides, and fungicides in Georgia for residential, industrial, or business applications. This session also is open to licensed applicators who would like a refresher course. The entire review training consists of five sessions, beginning at 8:00 am and ending at 3:25 pm.

• Optional: Participants are encouraged to purchase both study guide manuals (National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core and Category 24 Ornamental and Turf Pest Control) and follow along during the training. Order these manuals at www. gapestexam.com/examInfo.cfm. Please allow 7-14 days for delivery. Upon completion of the review, participants may register to take the exam through a local technical college testing center in Georgia: www.gapestexam.com.

Instructor:  Tim Daly, UGA Gwinnett County

The following credits have been approved for the Georgia Pesticide Review Track

Alabama:   10 , OTPC, OTPS 

Georgia:  5 hours Cat 23 or Cat 24

South Carolina: Core: 2, Cat 3.3

Tennessee:  C03 - 5, C10 - 5, C12-5

GCSAA: .50 Education Points

ISA:  Certified Arborist: 5; ISA SCMA Mgmt: 5

3. Green Industry Conference Schedule - 8 am - 3:25 pm

Mix or match topic areas hourly!

The following credits have been approved for the Green Conference

Alabama:   TOTAL 10 , OTPC, OTPS over Agronomics & Hort topics

Georgia:  See individual topic descriptions

Mississippi:  5 hours total across the Agronomics and Hort topics

NCLCLB:  See individual topic descriptions

South Carolina:  See individual topic descriptions

Tennessee:  See individual topic descriptions

GCSAA: .50 Education Points

ISA:  See individual topic descriptions

 

8:00 am - 9:00 am

AGRONOMICS: Turfgrass Water Conservation for the 21st Century

We’ll look at old policies and new ways - research that leads to new grasses and technologies for improved performance and technologies. Water use efficiency and pest management will be discussed.

Instructor: Dr. Clint Waltz, UGA

CREDITS:

  • GA: 1 Cat 23 or 1 Cat 24
  • NCLCLB: Landscape - 1
  • SC: Core: 1
  • TN: C03 - 1, C10 - 1, C12 - 1

HORTICULTURE/PLANT HEALTH: Selection, Installation and Establishment of Young Trees

When properly selected, placed, planted and cared for, trees can be the focal point of your client’s yard; however, if improperly placed, planted or cared for, trees can also be the costliest mistake you can make in the landscape. This presentation will explain how to choose and care for a landscape tree given site and functional limitations so it will become the landscape centerpiece you want it to be.

Instructor: Dr. Jason Gordon, UGA

CREDITS:

  • GA: 1 Cat 23 or 1 Cat 24
  • NCLCLB: Landscape - 1
  • TN: C03 - 1, C10 - 1, C12 - 1
  • ISA Certified Arborist: 1, ISA BCMA Practice: 1

BUSINESS: From Pandemic to Brown Bottle Flu - Personnel Management

Your biggest and most import asset is your people. Learn how to better manage situations that will lead to improved morale and productivity. Every company has issues with people, every day, every week. The key is having a set of policies and procedures and adhering to them consistently. We will discuss the ways to build a better work force thru effective personnel management. Do not let your people down. Learn how to build them up.

Instructor: Rex Bishop, Tea Olive Productions

IRRIGATION/LIGHTING: Irrigation from the Ground Up: Train Wreck to High Tech

Although smart controllers are great products and definitely a way to save water, if your irrigation out in the field (heads, valves, nozzles, etc.) is in bad shape, it’s like the old saying - “putting lipstick on a pig.”  In this session we’ll discuss basic maintenance, troubleshooting, and product upgrades that will bring a system from water waster to water saver, and smart controllers.

Instructors: Reid Garner & Rolando Orellana

HARDSCAPES: Introduction to Limestone Hardscape Materials

Instructor: Kevin Brannon, Polycor

BELGARD U: Paver Overlays

In this course Belgard will cover several techniques for overlaying existing and new concrete slabs with full thickness and thin pavers, including Sand Set techniques, mortar overlays and the newest product Dribond setting bed overlay. Overlaying existing concrete is a quick and effective way to bring new life to an old concrete slab without the mess and time to demo the old slab. Driveways, patios and pool decks are all great applications for paver overlays. This course will cover all you need to know to successfully complete all three types of projects.

Instructor: Andrew Harris, Belgard

9:10 am - 10:10 am

AGRONOMICS: Adjuvants 101: Understanding the “Extras” in Your Tank

This presentation will cover the types of adjuvants used with herbicides and the effects on spray retention and absorption by plants. We will also discuss amendments that can be used to help alleviate herbicide antagonism from high pH and hardness levels. Other topics that will be covered will include the interaction of adjuvants with spray volumes, drift retarding agents, and herbicide formulations.

Instructor: Dr. Patrick McCullough, UGA

CREDITS:

  • GA: 1 Cat 23 or 1 Cat 24
  • NCLCLB: Landscape -1
  • SC: Cat 3:1
  • TN: C03 - 1, C10 - 1, C12 - 1
  • ISA Certified Arborist: 1

HORTICULTURE/PLANT HEALTH: Troubleshooting Problems in the Landscape

Focusing on planting depth and drainage problems, excessive pruning and crowding, pH, nutrient imbalances, PGR toxicities, herbicide drift, abiotic stresses, etc.

Instructors: Dr. Bodie Pennisi & Greg Huber, UGA

CREDITS:

  •  GA: 1 Cat 23 or 1 Cat 24
  • NCLCLB: Landscape -1
  • SC: Cat 3:1
  • TN: C03 - 1, C10 - 1, C12 - 1
  • ISA Certified Arborist: 1; ISA BCMA Practice: 1; ISA Aerial Lift: 1

BUSINESS: How to Analyze and Improve your Profitability

Do you know your key indicators to measure for profitability? Do you use them on each job? We will discuss those key numbers, how to measure and how to improve. Without constant analysis and review you can quickly become unaware of your finances. Each job, task and endeavor your team does should be measured. Otherwise, you are just running an expensive hobby with no future for growth and improvement. Be ready to share your experiences.

Instructor: Rex Bishop, Tea Olive Productions

IRRIGATION/LIGHTING: Pumps: Where, when & how?

Determining the proper pump goes beyond just the pressure and flow the pump is capable of producing.  It must also include many other elements involving the whole irrigation project.  This class will take a deep dive into identify proper point of connection capacity to analyzing various friction losses that occur within the hydraulic network of the irrigation system.

Instructor: Mike Yarussi, Munro Companies

HARDSCAPES: Hands-On Install of Natural Stone Veneers

Stone Veneer Installation - How to introduce veneers into a hardscaping project;  how how to install veneers on various surfaces with hands on demo using natural stone veneers. You'll learn the care and maintenance of natural stone veneers.

Instructor: Kevin Brannon, Polycor

BELGARD U: Paver Install 101 

In this course Belgard will cover everything you need to know about the basic paver installation process starting with excavation, base installation, bedding sand, paver laying/cutting/compaction, edge restraints and joint sand installation. This is a fantastic starting course for those new to paver installation as well as a refresher overview for the experienced installer.

Instructor: Andrew Harris, Belgard

10:10 am - 11:10 am

SiteOne Tradeshow & Break

11:10 am - 12:10 pm

AGRONOMICS: Turfgrass Today

An overview of the 2022 sod production survey; 2021 insect survey, update on glysophate, robotics and pest management year in review.

Instructor: Dr. Clint Waltz, UGA

CREDITS:

  • GA: 1 Cat 23 or 1 Cat 24
  • NCLCLB: Landscape -1
  • SC: Cat 3:1
  • TN: C03 - 1, C10 - 1, C12 - 1

HORTICULTURE/PLANT HEALTH: Fine-Tuning Your Pruning Program

Organizing your tree and ornamental pruning program for maximum efficiency will help you better serve the customers, plants and the bottom line. Fertilizer, plant health troubleshooting and growth regulators will be discussed.  Hands-on instruction from The Pruning Guru, Rick Smith!

Instructor: Rick Smith, The Pruning Guru

CREDITS:

  • GA: 1 Cat 23 or 1 Cat 24
  • NCLCLB: Landscape - 1
  • SC: Cat 3:1
  • TN: C03 - 1, C10 - 1, C12 - 1
  • ISA Certified Arborist: 1; ISA BCMA Mgmt: 1

BUSINESS: Recruitment and Retention in Today's World

People are the keys to success of any organization. Every company in today’s work environment needs more employees. Not just bodies but motivated well trained people who are willing to go the extra mile for themselves and for the company. We will look at ways to find and keep good people so your organization can grow and prosper. Remember you must find them, hire them, and keep them. Do you pay enough, train enough, take care of them enough?

Instructor: Rex Bishop, Tea Olive Productions

CREDITS:  NCLCLB:  Business - 1

IRRIGATION/LIGHTING: Troubleshooting a 2-Wire irrigation system

Instructor: Dirk Hessman, SiteOne

HARDSCAPES: Intro to Iso-Kern Fireplace and Outdoor Kitchens

This presentation gives the in-and-outs of choosing a fireplaces, the environmental effects on the fireplace specified and how to design into projects. We will cover the types of fireplaces Isokern offers, why we are the superior brand of modular masonry fireplaces and how to choose the appropriate Isokern for your project.

Instructor: Shirley White, Earthcore Industries

BELGARD U: Permeable Pavers

In this course you will be exposed to the fastest growing segment of the paver industry, Permeable Pavements. The course will cover the base line installation of Permeable paver systems, their components and the necessary steps installers need to take to successfully install structural and beautiful Permeable Pavements.

Instructor: Andrew Harris, Belgard

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

SiteOne Tradeshow & Lunch

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

AGRONOMICS: Bridging the Knowledge Gap: Science, Client and Compliance

Meeting client expectations while following the science of best practices in horticulture and keeping up with a multitude of regulations can be daunting for the landscape practitioner.  This session will highlight some of the most common regulatory requirements for the landscape professional and provide examples of how client expectations, regulations, and best practices in horticulture may collide. Requirements for pesticide application,  (including pest and disease id and management) will be covered.

Instructor: Greg Huber, UGA

CREDITS:

  • GA: 1 Cat 23 or 1 Cat 24
  • SC: Core: 1
  • TN: C03 - 1, C10 - 1, C12 - 1
  • ISA:  Certified Arborist: 1; ISA BCMA Mgmt: 1

HORTICULTURE/PLANT HEALTH: Identify, Control and Eradicate Non-Native and Invasive Species

Non-native invasive plants have detrimental impacts upon natural areas. Learn what the impacts are, the importance of managing them, and how to do so. The presentation will address non-native landscape ornamentals that have “escaped” into natural areas and out compete the native vegetation. Treatment options (herbicide use) will also be discussed.

Instructor: Brian Arnold, Songbird Landcare, Inc.

CREDITS:

  • GA: 1 Cat 23 or 1 Cat 24
  • NCLCLB: 1 hour landscape
  • SC: Core: 1
  • TN: C03 - 1, C10 - 1, C12 - 1
  • ISA:  Certified Arborist: 1; ISA BCMA Mgmt: 1

BUSINESS: Safety Culture is Vital to Success

Every organization must provide a safe work environment for their employees. It is not only the law but is necessary for the health and safety of your staff and customers. OSHA fines for non-compliance can be quite large and build up quickly. We will take a quick look at how safety encourages a more productive workforce, eliminates and lost time and saves you money. Employees much prefer a safe work environment, sometimes we must remind them what that looks like.

Instructor: Rex Bishop, Tea Olive Productions

CREDITS:  NCLCLB:  Business - 1

IRRIGATION/LIGHTING: Landscape Lighting: Design Techniques to Enhance the Landscape

This is a basic look into Landscape Lighting Design Techniques for the Novice Lighting Professional ready to take their projects to the next level. We will cover system components, design layout and concepts, along with a brief overview of advanced controls.

Instructor: Jason Radake, Hunter Industries

HARDSCAPES: How to increase profit margin and decrease installation time using natural stone products

Why use natural stone?  How can it be installed faster?  Adding natural stone to your initial offering. Positioning natural stone options vs and/or with manufactured pavers and caps - this session will provide information on using natural stone in your projects.

Instructor: Brian Bishop, Universal Stone Imports

BELGARD U: Paver Cleaning and Sealing

This course will explore the revenue generating market for all hardscape companies to add cleaning and sealing of hardscapes to your business offering. Cleaning and sealer for new and existing hardscapes brings new life and renewed beauty to your client’s patios, driveways and pool decks. This course will cover all the needed steps to successfully clean and seal all types of hardscapes (Stone, pavers, concrete slab) using the Techni-seal line of Professional Grade Cleaner and Sealers.

Instructor: Andrew Harris, Belgard

2:25 pm - 3:25 pm

AGRONOMICS: Army Worms and Other Emerging Pests …How to Deal with Them

Dr. Joseph will talk about the lifecycle, ecology, and seasonal occurrence of fall armyworm and other emerging pests, such as rhodesgrass mealybug or other scales. Particularly, Joseph will discuss the management options for these pests in the turfgrass.

Instructor: Dr. Shimat Joseph, UGA

CREDITS:

  • GA: 1 Cat 23 or 1 Cat 24
  • NCLCLB: 1 hour landscape
  • SC: Cat 3: 1
  • TN: C03 - 1, C10 - 1, C12 - 1

HORTICULTURE/PLANT HEALTH: Water Management in the Landscape for Better Plant Health

In many instances, outdoor water use can be controlled and minimized with proper landscape design and plant selection. Learn how appropriate plant choices, healthy soils with appropriate grading, use of mulches, and limiting the use of high water-using plants can significantly reduce the need for supplemental irrigation. Disease and pest control will also be addressed in this session.

Instructor: Dr. John Ruter, UGA

CREDITS:

  • GA: 1 Cat 23 or 1 Cat 24
  • SC: Core 0.5
  • TN: C03 - 1, C10 - 1, C12 - 1
  • ISA:  Certified Arborist: 1

BUSINESS: The Ultimate Customer Experience

WOW! That is what customers want. They want to walk away feeling wowed and overwhelmed by their experience. They want to look at the services you provided and see excellence beyond their expectations. They wany good surprises! Do you give that kind of service? Have you empowered your people to go the extra mile to provide services that wow their customer? Will your customers call on you every time they need something? And do not forget your employees are your internal customers, what have you done lately to wow them. What companies that you deal with wow you? Hopefully when you leave today you will have new tools to wow everybody.

Instructor: Rex Bishop, Tea Olive Productions

IRRIGATION/LIGHTING: Landscape Lighting...Blending Techniques with Technology to Boost Profits

The first part of the class will be a visual look at some creative lighting technique’s along with a discussion of how to achieve them. The second part of the class will showcase some new products including color changing and controls to incorporate into your lighting installations.

Instructor: Ross Butler, SiteOne

HARDSCAPES: Combatting Silica Hazards and OSHA regulations on a job site

Instructor: Vince Hollis, iQ Power Tools

BELGARD U: Belgard Modularity Product Line

In this session come learn about the newest innovation coming to the hardscapes market as Belgard presents the Modularity product line. Belgard is bringing simplicity back to the market place with the Modularity line of products that are all designed to work seamlessly together to allow the installer to create beautiful and creative hardscape installations with ease and function. Come see what new products and innovations are being brought to the marketplace in 2022 by Belgard Hardscapes.

Instructor: Andrew Harris, Belgard