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Get the latest on lawn care practices from four MU experts

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Harvesting sod for use in lawn applications.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Two turf and lawn specialists with the University of Missouri Extension will conduct a lawn care workshop from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 25 at the Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Avenue, Springfield.

The workshop is jointly sponsored by the City of Springfield’s Show Me Yards and Neighborhoods program and the Greater Ozarks Branch of the Professional Grounds Management Society.

This workshop will feature programs by MU Extension turf specialists, Brad Fresenberg and Lee Miller. In addition, two regional horticulture specialists for MU Extension, Robert Balek and Patrick Byers, will also present programs.

Workshop topics will include grass selection, site preparation, turf management (mowing, renovation, fertility), diagnosing turf problems, and soil testing.

“The lawn care workshop will offer information for everyone interested in turf – commercial turf managers as well as homeowners,” says Byers.

Cost of the workshop fee is $35, including informational resources and lunch. Registration for the workshop is required by Aug 21.

For more information or to register, contact the Greene County Extension Center at 417-881-8909 or use the options provided online at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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