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Ornamental Landscape Webinar Series: Soil Management

  • Thursday, October 14, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

There will be two presentations. Each presentation will be 30 minutes followed by 10 minutes to 15 minutes of Q&A.

Creating the Earth - FAB Soil (Fabricated Soil)

Mark Fitzsimons is a Professor of Environmental Chemistry at the University of Plymouth, UK

Description: Soil degradation is a critical and growing global problem. Within the European Union (EU), the legislative framework on waste management is provided by the EU Waste Framework Directive. The Directive sets the following waste hierarchy to be applied as a priority order in member states: prevention, preparing for reuse, recycling, other recovery and disposal. As such, disposal to landfill is the least favoured option meaning that a large amount of biodegradable waste must be diverted from landfills to other organic waste management practices. Artificial soils offer a potential route for the recycling of waste materials and their associated capital, within the terrestrial environment, and potential mixtures of large volume mineral and organic green waste have been evaluated for high (horticulture/agriculture) and low (amenity/restoration) value markets. This presentation will assess the feasibility of new soils composed from these materials and consider the opportunities and challenges ahead. In particular, attendees will learn how artificial soils can be made, the cycling of nutrients in these soils, and how deficits might be addressed.

Soil Testing in the Landscape: Importance and Interpretation

Deborah Aller, Ph.D., Agricultural Stewardship Specialist, CCE-Suffolk

Description: Healthy soils are the foundation for productive lawns and landscapes. A well-functioning soil system provides all the water, air, and nutrients plants and microorganisms need to thrive, while simultaneously reducing the need for fertilizer and pesticide applications. This 30-minute presentation will discuss why it is important to soil test, how to interpret a soil test report, and the difference between soil nutrient and soil health testing.

Register for this class only: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/SoilManagement

Register for full series here: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/OrnamentalLandscapeWebinar

Limited in-person viewing of the live webinar will be available. Contact Mina Vescera at 631-603-9613 or mv365@cornell.edu to reserve your spot. Masks are required regardless of vaccine status. In-person viewing will be subject to last-minute cancellations due to Covid-19 CDC guidelines and CCE-Suffolk Covid-19 policy.


$65 for the entire series or $25 for each webinar - NO REFUNDS


Mina Vescera
Nursery and Landscape Specialist


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Last updated September 28, 2021