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September MGV Advanced Certification Program - Weeds Class
Next came Andrew Boose, aquatic ecologist with MetroParks, who helps care for 3,700+ acres of wetlands and 200 ponds and lakes. Andrew provided Information on how to ensure your wetlands stay healthy and what can be done if they are ailing. Of special Importance to some was his notes on how to discourage geese from your sit (don't mow to the edge of the pond/lake, put large rocks near the edge of water, get a dog, frighten them with machinery (just don't kill them!).
The class took a short break to practice weed identification using an online quiz developed by William Reiser. Debra Identified the most weeds In the fastest amount of time!
Dale Miller of Miller's Country Gardens discussed greenhouse pests (fungus gnats, shore flies, caterpillars, slugs and snails) and how to prevent or eradicate them. He stressed that your growing medium should be allowed to dry completely, even to the point of plant wilt, between watering to lessen possible Issues and to help prevent plant legginess. He recommended a peat moss-based potting mix that Includes lime, vermiculite, and perlite.
Our final speaker was a repeat performance by Dr Tim McDermott, DVM, OSUE. This month Tim discussed agricultural crop and pasture weeds. A 2022 survey Identified the five most common crop weeds to be (in order of most to less): giant ragweed, waterhemp (Includes palmer amaranth, aka pigweed), marestail, grass/foxtail, and volunteer corn In soybean fields. Tim stressed not allowing a pasture to be overgrazed, as it leaves ample opportunity for weeds to grow, especially the highly toxic cressleaf groundsel, multiflora rose, autumn olive, and spotted knapweed.