A Good Start for Trees & Ornamentals - On Demand

John Fech
Start Date
60 Minutes

In order for trees, shrubs, groundcovers, vines and other ornamentals to be successful on the golf course, they must be well sited, planted properly and provided with the initial appropriate care. In this 60-minute webinar, John Fech covers many components to providing a good start:

  • Identification of site limitations – shade, slope, compaction, available root zone, soil pH, drainage, etc.
  • Consideration of Right Plant, Right Place – placement is crucial
  • Bed design, separation of turf and ornamentals
  • Intended function and purpose of each plant – criteria for choosing
  • Overall eventual size and shape
  • Maintenance level required including pest control, pruning, debris cleanup and watering
  • Attention to detail during installation – size and shape of planting hole, soil loosening, depth of original root ball, placement at grade, root spreading, backfill material, timing, staking, mulch choice and above all - no “plunking” or “planter boxes”
  • 1st year care – mulching, watering, pruning, weed prevention, fertilization, soil modification

Listen in to get tips you can use as you plan for changes.

Original presentation date: April 10, 2019            Education points: 0.10

About the Instructor

John FechJohn Fech is an ISA Certified Arborist and horticulturist with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The author of 2 books and over 200 popular and trade journal articles, he focuses his time on teaching effective landscape maintenance techniques, diagnosing turf and ornamental problems, water pollution prevention, water conservation and encouraging effective bilingual communication in the green industry. He works extensively with the media to extend the message of landscape sustainability, making over 100 television and radio appearances each year. Fech has taught both seminars and webinars for GCSAA.

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Non-member price: $60

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