Sessions and Speaker Bios
Thursday, February 13, 2020

7:00 am–4:30 pm
Registration and Tabletop Exhibits

7:30 am–8:15 am
2019 Was Brutal for Oaks and Maples
Stanton Gill—University of Maryland Extension

Learn what happened, how it will carry into 2020, and what you can tell your customers about pests that will hit these stressed trees in 2020.

Stanton Gill is an extension specialist in IPM and entomology with the University of Maryland Extension and is also a professor in landscape technology at Montgomery College. He is the author of four books and more than 800 refereed and professional magazine articles on pests and using IPM to deal with them.

8:15 am–9:00 am
CSI: Maryland—Solving Landscape Mysteries Using IPM Diagnostic Techniques
Heather Zindash—The Soulful Gardener

How to use the IPM diagnostic process to solve real-life plant pest and pathogen problems. Accurate diagnoses lead to effective management strategies that save time, money, exposure, and valued plant materials.

Heather Zindash is an experienced IPM consultant working with local nursery, commercial, and residential customers. She is a Certified Professional Horticulturalist, Maryland Master Gardener, and Maryland Master Naturalist as well as a graphic designer. Heather is known as “The Soulful Gardener,” whose mission is “to bring people, plants, and nature together for health and well-being.”

9:00 am–9:45 am
Review of 2019 Landscape Diseases and What Might Be Coming in 2020
David Clement, Ph.D.—University of Maryland Extension

Review the diagnosis of common and new landscape plant diseases, such as beech leaf disease, and diseases of deciduous holly, as well as some of the old diseases, such as bacterial leaf scorch, thousand cankers, boxwood blight, oak wilt, downy mildews on impatiens and basil, and sudden oak death.

Dr. David Clement has served for the past 28 years as a statewide field-based extension specialist in plant pathology. He focuses on teaching how to diagnose and manage plant diseases through IPM strategies.

9:45 am–10:00 am

10:00 am–11:00 am
Impacts and Management of the New Invasive Pest, Spotted Lanternfly
Heather L. Leach, M.S.—Penn State University

Spotted lanternfly is a new invasive insect found in the Northeast. This pest, which feeds on plant sap, can feed on over 70 different plant species, including important landscape and nursery trees (e.g., maple, willow, walnut, birch, sycamore) and agricultural crops (e.g., grapes, tree fruit). Identification, impacts, current research, and best management practices for this pest across the affected industries will be highlighted.

Heather Leach is the spotted lanternfly extension associate in the Department of Entomology at Penn State. She is an entomologist by training, previously researching other invasive insects, including the brown marmorated stink bug and spotted wing Drosophila.

11:00 am–11:45 am
Right of Way Applications
Chuck Schuster—University of Maryland Extension

Pesticide application in right of ways requires care with regard to products selected and methods used. This seminar will discuss the latest information on application methods and chemicals. Discussion will include preventing overapplication of chemicals that will cause large areas of no soil cover, leading to potential erosion. A review of the region’s approved chemicals will be included.

Chuck Schuster is the former extension educator with the University of Maryland Extension. He retired last fall. He is still participating with the horticulture team, providing programming across the region. He is focused on determining new ways to manage turf in light of the new regulations restricting some pesticides.

11:45 am–12:30 pm

12:30 pm–1:15 pm
Biology and Management of Sedges in Turf
Jeffrey F. Derr, Ph.D.—Virginia Tech

Learn how to manage annual and perennial sedges, including kyllinga and yellow nutsedge, in both cool and warm season turf.

Dr. Jeffrey Derr is a professor of weed science with Virginia Tech and is located at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Virginia Beach, where he is also the station director. Dr. Derr received his B.S. in horticulture from Penn State and his M.S. and Ph.D. in horticultural crop weed science from North Carolina State University. He conducts research on weed management in nursery production, landscape maintenance, and turfgrass, among other areas, and presents this information through his extension program.

1:15 pm–2:00 pm
Understanding Soil Needs and Adhering to Regulations When Raising Turf
Chuck Schuster—University of Maryland Extension

Recent regulatory updates have provided new opportunities to use organic products on turf, both at establishment and for maintenance. This session will provide a review of how to make the most of the products available to keep the turf strong and looking good.

See bio above.

2:00 pm–2:15 pm

2:15 pm–3:00 pm
Update on Fertilizer Applicator Requirements
Judy McGowan—Maryland Department of Agriculture, Nutrient Management Program

Judy McGowan is an urban nutrient management specialist with the Maryland Department of Agriculture, Nutrient Management Program.

3:00 pm–3:45 pm
Aquatics—Sustainability and Prolonged Health
David Riedl—SOLitude Lake Management

A discussion of sustainable and cost-effective strategies to prolong the health and lifespan of lakes, stormwater and irrigation ponds, and other aquatic resources.

David Riedl is an environmental scientist and regional manager who is dedicated to revitalizing the natural environment. David has extensive experience managing aquatic ecosystems and is based out of Richmond, Virginia, where he serves as territory leader for northern Virginia and Maryland. He is a SePRO Preferred Applicator, a certified applicator for “Right of Ways” in Virginia, and an AquaMaster trained service technician.

3:45 pm–4:30 pm
Pesticide Regulations Update for 2019 (MD, DC, VA)
Alvin Harris—District of Columbia