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Collapse 10 Plants that Changed Minnesota

Join Mary Meyer, U of M horticultural science faculty for a information-packed webinar on the 10 Plants that Changed Minnesota.

The 10 Plants initiative began with public submissions for nominations and ended with hundreds of people nominating over 100 plants in 2012. A committee determined the final selections based on economic, environmental, cultural, historical, sustenance, and landscape impacts.  

Learn how these 10 Plants changed our state and still impact our lives today. 

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: February 12, 2014
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse 7 Things Contractors Always Ask Me
With over 40 years in the industry and over 30 as a professional speaker and consultant, Vander Kooi has put together the seven most asked questions that contractors pull him aside for.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Adrian Bloom
Adrian Bloom has been using perennials in innovative ways in gardens he has designed on both sides of the Atlantic, and will suggest the best choices to create exciting combinations for the year round garden. He has recently been designing and planting rivers of plants to dramatic effect in both large and small gardens.  Believing that there are far too many untried and largely untested new plants, he suggests that choosing fewer but better plants will lead to greater success. This is largely the message in his new book, Blooms Best Perennials and Grasses which also points out how knowing the origins of plants can help you make the right decisions for your garden. Bloom also believes perennials and grasses are underused as part of the mix with shrubs and conifers in many of our gardens, and will explain how they can be used to create more impact in the garden.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Athletic & Commercial Irrigation Design Documents
Review typical irrigation plans and specifications for athletic and commercial applications. This seminar is geared for athletic and commercial maintenance personnel and owners to learn what they can expect from a complete set of irrigation construction documents.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Bidding and Estimating
In this seminar, Vander Kooi discusses how to arrive at your average wage, as well as labor production hours vs. dollar and cents 

Following his Bidding and Estimating, Part I session, Vander Kooi will address equipment costing, and how to arrive at a per-hour or per-day cost for equipment, and overhead recovery and why it is recovered and not charged for.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Big Block Retaining Walls in the Minnesota Market
Big block retaining walls (wet-cast mass concrete units) have become a major wall system in Minnesota and have become a favorite wall system within the Minnesota Department of Transportation and private industry. This session will look at the design of the system and  some interesting applications.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Branding - A Marketing Word that Actually Makes Sense
This interactive session will help attendees to identify their organization's (their brand's) key messages, strongest visuals and how to aim advertising and marketing dollars for maximum impact. But that's not all! Participants will also work out how to set motivators in the message so their prospects become their customers. Not a long review of theory, this session encourages Q&A and rolling up sleeves to get to actionable answers. Twin Cities-area examples will help provide context.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Breeding and Selecting Daylilies for Commercial Markets
The criteria for selecting daylilies for the large commercial markets are quite different from those for the specialists or connoisseurs. These criteria will be discussed and examples of cultivars shown in the presentation. Tips will be given on both liner and container production of some of the newer rebloom cultivars.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Bur Oak Blight: The Saga Continues
Bur Oak Blight (BOB) continues to be found throughout Minnesota and is now confirmed to be present in 36 counties. Come and see the current distribution map of where BOB occurs in the north central states, learn about how the hot, dry weather conditions have caused some unique symptoms to develop, and get an update on management recommendations.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Business Succession Planning
Most green industry companies are family-owned. Successfully planning for the sale or transition of your business is a challenge nearly all owners face. Lucht will discuss strategies and techniques that families can use when dealing with business succession planning.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Care of Annuals and Perennials
This session will cover basic care of annual and perennial flowers and grasses. Planting, mulching, fertilization and pruning will be included as well as good combinations of annuals and perennials for sustainable landscapes.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse City Permitting
This seminar will guide you through the provisions of the Minnesota State Building Code and Municipal Zoning Codes as they apply to your landscaping project. Knowing when building permits are required; when a Minnesota Registered Engineer’s signature is required for retaining walls or fences; provisions for working in the public right-of-way; and understanding various municipal zoning requirements will minimize project delays, reduce cost overruns and help complete your project on time and, hopefully, under budget.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Conifers that Grow on You: How to Make the Most of Conifers in the Landscape and Garden
Conifers can be the mainstay of the year round garden, but which conifers to use and how to best use them? If, when and how should they be pruned and maintained? And how can they be used to best effect with other plants, shrubs, perennials and grasses? Bloom will attempt to answer some of those questions from the long experience he has had in developing his own garden, Foggy Bottom at Bressingham in England.  He has also travelled widely in the U.S. and other countries over many years putting together some of that knowledge in his highly acclaimed book Gardening with Conifers.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
MORE INFOMORE INFO Conifers that Grow on You: How to Make the Most of Conifers in the Landscape and Garden
Collapse Conversion of Kentucky Bluegrass to No-Mow, Low-Input Grasses
Many turfgrass managers have considered no-mow, low-input turfgrass areas or are having issues with their current areas. This seminar will take a look at how different conversion methods and different turfgrass species performed when transitioning from maintained Kentucky bluegrass to a no-mow, low-input turfgrass. You will gain insight on conversion methods and turfgrass species that best reduce broadleaf weed invasion during and after establishment, which best provides an aesthetically pleasing seedhead (a trait many no-mow areas are known for), which best resists falling over and becoming matted down and more. We will also discuss continued maintenance practices of no-mow, low-input areas that best maximizes long term appeal and value.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Creating Dramatic Gardens Across Continents
Through creating his own six acre demonstration garden at Foggy Bottom, Bressingham, England (www.thebrressinghamgardens.com) in 1967, Bloom has also sought to publicize plants and ideas for smaller private, and eventually public gardens in the U.K. and U.S.  His first "give-away" makeover garden was created in 1976 in the U.K. It was the beginning of an odyssey, wherein he eventually created 10 gardens across the U.S. including the Bressingham Garden at Elmbank, home of the Masachussetts Horticultural Society. Bloom will explain the ideas behind this long term venture - and how this could be a way to inspire more people into gardening.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Current Trends and Policy Developments in Landscape Irrigation
The concept of water in North America as plentiful and cheap is rapidly changing. Whether by population growth, pollution, climate change, environmentalism or an aging infrastructure, several trends are focusing on water as a precious resource that is too often taken for granted. To help you prepare your business for the future in a more water-aware world, this session will update you on national trends in water policy affecting the landscape irrigation industry and the greater green industry.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Driving the Retail Customer Experience
Join John Kennedy as he delivers his latest program on engagement, teamwork, and success in these challenging economic waters. He has instituted this program into many organizations throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, with reports of sales and margin increases from 15-27% in 2011-12.  How do they do it?  One "game" at a time!  As this economy challenges us to do much more with much less, this "system" drives teams to step up and step out to a higher level of commitment, providing the perfect environment to deliver more with less...reduction of labor and increase in margin are two of the many "games" that can be played.  From the book of the same name, "The Great Game of Business" creates a culture of measurement and momentum by setting expectations, and then shining a laser-like focus of light on those areas of importance. (You can't expect what you can't inspect).
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Everything About Mechanics Liens
You did the work, now make sure you get paid! When you are not paid for work your business did, there are multiple tools for ensuring you get your money. Mechanic's liens are a tool that allows contractors to record an interest in a property just like a mortgage. Find out how mechanic's liens work, the process for filing a lien, and how to make sure your lien rights are protected.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse From Planter to Plate: Contain Your Excitement With Edible Ornamentals
Want to add new flair for your containers with ornamental edibles?  Tired of containers that become overgrown and unmanageable by mid-summer?  Provide your customers with new container design venues with the added flavor of edible crops!  Rather than deadheading, selectively harvest crops for managed, sustainable growth.  The fun and fascination with ornamental food crops, including crop and cultivar options for sun or shade, pitfalls to avoid, and tasty recipes will get your sales into a new comfort zone.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Gardening with a Y
With all the uproar, discussion and seeming turmoil around the issue of Generation X and Y gardeners, some might wonder what the future holds for horticulture. Confounding the issue is a general lack of demographic data and perceptions of young or beginning gardeners. So why not talk with a Gen Y horticulturist? This lecture will explore historical trends, share insights from Gen Y gardeners, and open a dialogue about the needs, wants and interests of potential gardeners ages 21-36.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Golf Course Master Planning
Whether a private country club or a public daily-fee golf course, a long-range master plan can be a valuable tool for identifying and prioritizing capital improvements. Norby will discuss the benefits of preparing a master plan and will describe steps which you, as a superintendent, can take to encourage your course to complete a long-range plan to reduce maintenance and unnecessary repairs and to improve course conditioning and playability.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Greening the Landscape
Landscapes create obvious environmental benefits but can have unrecognized negative impacts. In this session, Arvidson will outline the five primary problem issues - plant pots, vehicle fuel, energy consumption, water/fertilizer use, and green waste - and detail a variety of practices for making the installation and upkeep of landscapes more green. Using case studies from across the nation, Arvidson will offer ideas ranging from exceedingly simple changes to long-term investments. Participants will learn how they can improve the environment while also saving themselves money!
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Grounds: Small Engine Maintenance
Small engines are an important component of many of the machines that are needed to maintain turf areas and perform other maintenance jobs. Small engines are very reliable and with proper care and maintenance, will last a long time. This program will discuss maintenance practices for small engines, troubleshooting tips, and common issues encountered by these engines in the turf industry.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Irrigation Installation and Project Management
This seminar will address the following topics:
  • Understanding Blueprints
  • System layout and installation techniques
  • Equipment
  • Project administration
  • Product selection
  • Safety
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Irrigation: Understanding Pumps
This session will address the following topics:
  • Introduction to centrifugal pumps
  • Pump selection and understanding pump curves
  • Basic hydraulics
  • Pump efficiency
  • Relays; and
  • Series vs. parallel operation.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Keynote: The Importance of Sustainability
Don Shelby has become one of the region’s most outspoken advocates for the adoption of environmentally sustainable practices, including plants, landscapes, turf and grounds. As the former long-time anchor of WCCO-TV news, his high profile has helped to increase local awareness of sustainability issues. During his opening keynote at the Northern Green Expo, Shelby will share why he’s become such a proponent for personal and corporate action; and, furthermore, why green industry professionals are uniquely positioned to make a positive difference for the environment as well as the understanding among the populace about what can be done to act in an environmentally sustainable fashion.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Managing Aquatic Plants and Problems (Aquatics Recertification: Category F)
Managing aquatic invasive species is a daunting challenge. Knowing the threats, what to look for, where to look is a good start. Because aquatic systems by definition have adequate water, something will always grow when sunlight and nutrients are available. Management strategy needs to recognize this reality. 

Topics covered at this session will include:
 
  • The essential elements of a successful aquatic pest management program
  • How to measure aquatic system volume
  • Pest identification
  • Defining the magnitude of problems
  • Determining the source of the problem
  • Develop appropriate management strategy
 
Come learn about some of the most pressing aquatic invasive species in the Midwest and effective ways to manage spread and impacts. This session qualifies for pesticide applicators recertification in category F.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Managing Your Equipment Fleet in a Tough Economy
Taking care of your fleet can be overwhelming if not done correctly and with care.  Join us to learn a few tips and gain a greater understanding of the maintenance and awareness needed to properly care for your equipment in a tough economy.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse New Annuals for 2013
A review of new annuals available for 2013...what's hot and what's not!
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse New Challenges and New Tools: An Examination of New Products and Diseases
Disease management on golf courses is always evolving. There are new challenges such as Pythium root dysfunction, thatch collapse and bacterial diseases.  Moreover, the chemical arsenal is also changing. There are many new products on the market or which will be introduced shortly. This session will focus on the identification and management of new diseases and how to use these new fungicides for new and old diseases.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse New Trends in Athletic and Commercial Irrigation Applications
This session will focus on new product applications for athletic and commercial systems using cutting edge technology. Attendees will  discuss proper installation technology for athletic and commercial irrigation applications as well as commissioning for the successful operation of an automatic irrigation system.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Performative Places, Authentic Spaces - A SITES Update, Part 1
An overview of ecologically-focused, integrated landscape site planning and design principles as the basis to describe the SITES tool in draft form. Examples from Conservation Design Forum's portfolio of award-winning projects from the Midwest and other parts of the country will be used to illustrate various aspects of the tool. Landscape designers and architects, as well as contractors, are encouraged to attend this session.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Performative Places, Authentic Spaces - A SITES Update, Part 2
A second session on ecologically-focused design and the SITES tool will describe refinements to the rating system and lessons learned from the pilot project stage, with illustrations from some of the pilot projects, including the first to be SITES certified. Landscape designers and architects, as well as contractors, are encouraged to attend this session.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Performing a Golf Course Irrigation Evaluation & Analysis
This session will review a step-by-step process, broken down by major irrigation components, to properly evaluate an existing irrigation system. This evaluation will be the basis for a properly constructed report to illustrate standards in design and will also deliver budgetary costs to aid any club in appropriating funds to implement an irrigation upgrade.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Permeable Paver Systems for Stormwater Management
Come and learn about the three different permeable paver systems and when to use each one and why they are a Best Management Practice (BMP). Also hear what the MNLA is doing to help promote permeable pavers to cities, counties and other municipalities.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Retailers: Creating the Customer Experience
The biggest competitor in the retail garden center industry is not the destination around the corner…it's the pocket book or wallet of the world! Join international speaker, author and strategist John Kennedy as he unfolds the difference between delivering customer service and creating the customer experience. We compete in a "wants-based" economy…and our clients' expectations are higher than they have ever been before...so do we offer a service or an experience? One is more of a reactionary offering and one is an anticipated offering. One offers good opportunity and possible repeat business, the other offers client loyalty and galvanizing partnerships. One is what you might be...and one is what we all should become! 

You won't want to miss this session that takes Kennedy's international experiences of excellence and delivers them in a powerful and insightful workshop!
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Retailers: Leading the Customer Experience
From the leadership needed to set the standards, to the feet on the ground needed to deliver those standards, Kennedy will dig deep into all the moving pieces that make a world-class sales culture thrive. From the economic downturn to the systems needed to keep the culture engaged, he will walk us through the "every job is my job when it comes to sales" mentality needed from all members of the team in order for success to occur.  Unity in leadership...consistency in service.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Rodent Control: Moles, Voles, Rabbits, and More
Got a rodent problem?  Join Reeves who will explain the trapping options to control moles, trapping and rodenticide options to control voles, and the trapping and repellents that are used to control rabbits.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Systems for Transplant Success in the Nursery
Come see a demonstration of liner types including bareroot, gravel culture, gro-bags and air prune pots when transplanting challenging species in nursery field and container production.  This presentation will describe a variety of systems and results observed in 2012 trials.  The results of these trials suggest that there is opportunity to improve transplanting success and tree growth with challenging species and varieties.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse The Green Industry Guide to Employee Handbooks
Everything you need to know about employee handbooks! Find out why employee handbooks are necessary, how to draft them, and what the consequences can be if you do not follow your handbook. This seminar will cover which policies should be in a handbook, and what special policies should be included for green industry businesses. Learn which policies are controlled by state or federal law and which are at the discretion of the business.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse The Latest Trends in Landscape Design
Over the past several years, the emphasis in landscape design has shifted. Function and the economy of both land and resources have affected design. In addition, water availability, the cost of materials, and the high cost of labor has affected how consumers view their landscape. Bigger is not necessarily better. As a designer, it is important to consider all of these changes as well as all of the consumer needs.  This presentation will explore all the new trends affecting the field of landscape design and architecture.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Tools for Implementing Green Infrastructure: The MIDS Project
The new Minimal Impact Design Standards (MIDS), set to roll out in 2013, will usher in a new era of stormwater management in Minnesota. This workshop will provide an overview of MIDS, a preview of the tools in the process of development and what MIDS will mean to the future of green infrastructure in the "Land of 10,000 Lakes." Stormwater management promises to provide numerous business opportunities for landscape professionals.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse Understanding Soil: Getting it Tested and Understanding Results
Landscapes depend on their soil chemistry and physical attributes to support plant growth whether it be for trees, shrubs, flowers, turf, or vegetables. Too many think of it as 'passive dirt' that we stick our plants in, which it isn't! A brief review of the soil's characteristics - chemical and physical, how to take soil tests and submit them, and most importantly, how to read and interpret the results when they come back. Examples will be shown and what appropriate recommendations can be made.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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Collapse University of Minnesota Top Annual Performers

In this webinar, Steve Poppe will discuss the top annual performers at the University of Minnesota Morris West Central Research and Outreach Center.

In the past, no other segment of the floriculture production industry has enjoyed such strong public interest and use of its product than annual flowering plants (bedding plants).  Bedding plants are an indispensable item for landscape use, presenting an array of flowers and foliage that add color and texture to the landscapes of homes, businesses, shopping malls, public buildings, city streets and parks.

Research and extension personnel at the University of Minnesota support this growing industry in many ways including the annual flower trials conducted at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) Horticulture Display Garden in Morris.  In 2013 species from twenty major companies were evaluated at the University of Minnesota.

 

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: March 11, 2014
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Webinar:  Pruning
Learn the basics of tree and shrub pruning.  Information will cover both the theory behind pruning and practical information to be used in your everyday pruning.  
 
Attendee Takeaways:
  • Basic tree biology
  • Safety
  • Tree pruning
  • Why prune trees
  • How to prune trees
  • What and when to prune
  • Small tree pruning / ornamental pruning
  • Pruning equipment
  • Shrub pruning
  • Natural shrub pruning
  • Formal shrub pruning
  • To shear or not to shear

Who Should Attend:
  • Arborists 
  • Landscape management professionals
  • Professional gardeners
  • Crew members 
  • Crew foreman

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: March 14, 2013
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Webinar:  What the Gardening Consumer Values and Why Our Business Models Must Change
Economic, demographic, and technological market forces are having a huge impact on the green industry, changing traditional buying patterns, what consumers’ value, and how consumers buy.   Marketing guru Kip Creel will tell you what he sees happening in the industry, how those trends will affect nursery and garden center businesses and what you can do to respond.

Attendee Takeaways:
  • Economic trends affecting the gardening consumer
  • Consumer values relative to green industry products/services
  • Growth areas related to current consumer values

Who Should Attend:
  • Garden center owners, managers, and employees
  • Nursery growers
  • Commercial Flower Growers

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: February 13, 2013
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Webinar: Colorful Blooming Shrubs for Minnesota Landscapes

Color is the name of the game, in the garden center as well as the landscape. In this webinar, Debbie Lonnee, Bailey Nurseries, will present the best of the best in shrubs that will provide a pop of color to Minnesota landscapes. With bright foliage, incredible flowers and beautiful berries there is something for every garden.

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: November 12, 2013
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Webinar: Estimating Labor and Materials for Pavers

Join local paver design and installation expert Tim Oberg, Southview Design to take a look at one very important aspect of the business side of the segmental concrete business – estimating!  Estimating is the process of making very accurate cost approximation of labor hours and materials, equipment, and subcontractor costs for a job. Tracking the actual versus estimated labor and materials will also be covered so that future estimates can be refined.

Material estimation will include:

  • Pavers and bedding sandBase
  • Excavation
  • Hauling
  • Geotextiles
  • Labor estimation will include:
  • Paver installation
  • Cutting
  • Bedding sand
  • Demolition
  • Excavation and hauling of soil
  • Soil compaction
  • Base installation
  • Base compaction
  • Edging installation

Please note: The session will not cover final job costing, but will look only at estimating labor and materials only and will not include the application of overhead and profit.

 

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: April 26, 2011
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Webinar: Green Industry Collections:  Show me the Money!

Join attorney Bryan Zlimen, of Zlimen & McGuiness, PLLC, for some practical tips and useful information about what you can do to make sure you’re getting paid for the work you do.  

 

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: February 01, 2012
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Webinar: Hiring Practices for MN Green Industry Companies

Join Minnesota attorney Patrick McGuiness of Zlimen and McGuiness PLLC to learn about proper industry hiring practices for landscape/growers/garden centers in Minnesota.

Good employees are an incredible asset to any company. Hiring employees that show up on time, work hard, don't complain and know what they are doing can be what makes a season profitable. However, you have to be careful as a business owner when hiring employees. One wrong question or mis-statement can cause many legal headaches.

In this informative webinar, find out about the ins and outs of the hiring process and how to get great employees without crossing the line while hiring.

  •  Writing legal and effective job postings
  • Compliant Job Applications
  •  The interview process... keep your questions legal
  • Tricks to checking references
  • Filling out the form I-9.
  • Tax documents
  •  What documents to keep on file
  •  Common traps and pitfalls in the hiring process.
  •  Drug Testing, Physicals & other weeding out processes
  • Subcontractor/Independent Contractor OR Employee... the choice is NOT yours.

 

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: February 23, 2012
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Webinar: Raingarden Installation
Raingardens continue to grow as a popular amenity for residential, commercial and public space landscapes.  This fast paced seminar hosted by local raingarden designers and installers Mike Isensee and Curt Coudron, Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District, will review the materials and installation process of successful raingarden projects.  Sharing their experience of installing over 100 raingardens, Mike and Curt will show examples of different raingarden designs and installations and discuss how to avoid costly pitfalls.   The seminar will cover:

Residential raingardens
  • Typical design 
  • Installation considerations and processes
  • Installation example with time and materials

Larger commercial and public space raingardens
  • Typical design
  • Understanding installation specifications
  • Installation examples with time and materials

Please note: The session will not cover final job costing, but will only look at estimating labor and materials costs.

Attendee Takeaways:
  • Materials 
  • Installation techniques
  • Design ideas
  • Avoiding pitfalls

Who Should Attend:

  • Landscape designers
  • Landscape contractors
  • Landscape management professionals
  • Professional gardeners 
  • Crew members
  • Crew foreman

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: February 19, 2013
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Webinar: Raised Patios: Design and Construction

Join local paver design and installation expert Tim Oberg, Southview Design to take a look at design and construction considerations related to raised patios.

Raised patios are a unique structure. There are many construction details that need to be considered when constructing them.

In this webinar, we will be discussing the specific techniques in building raised patios including:

  • Base
  • Drainage
  • Gravity vs. reinforced walls
  •  Unbalanced fill; and
  • Design elements to be considered when first talking to the homeowner.

 

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Original Seminar Date: November 30, 2012
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In this informative webinar, attorney Patrick McGuiness will discuss how state and federal laws impact the green industry.

He will discuss:

  • minimum wage requirements
  • how to determine if a worker should be classified as an employee or independent contractor
  • how overtime must be calculated for employees.

Find out why it is not legally compliant to put a foreman on salary to avoid paying overtime, but how you can still save money by using alternative compliant payment plans such as the Fluctuating Work Week payment plan. 

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Original Seminar Date: October 30, 2013
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Fortin Consulting worked with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, and a technical advisory team to develop a training and voluntary certification program to teach winter maintenance best practices. These practices will help improve your winter maintenance business while protecting our lakes and streams and help you save money.  Hear about many practices including, integrating pavement temperatures into decision making, advantages of liquid de-icers, proper storage, application rates, properties of de-icers and the power of the maintenance industry to protect our lakes and rivers.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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The emerald ash borer (EAB) will go down in history as one of the worst urban forestry pests of all time. Discovered in Minnesota in 2009, we are quickly approaching a period of high pressure and managment activity. This presentation is centered around a question posed to those who have already dealt with EAB: "What would you have done differently?"
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: January 09, 2013
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This section includes information on the MNLA Certification program including:

  • Chapter 4. MNLA/UM Certification Professional Program
  • Acknowledgements
  • Authors and Contributors
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This section includes the following chapters:

Chapter 5. Laws, Regulations, Guides, Ethics and Professionalism

Chapter 6. Environmental Management

Chapter 7. Occupational Health and Safety

Chapter 8. Shipping and Handling

Chapter 9. American Standard for Nursery Stock

 

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The section includes the following chapters:

10. Plant Nomenclature and Classification

11. Plant Structure

12. Plant Growth and Development

13. Plant Cold Hardiness and Winter Protection

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This section includes the following chapters:

14. Annual Flower

15. Fruit Trees and Small Fruits

16. Ground Covers

17. Herbaceous Perennials

18. Indoor Flowring and Foliage Plants

19. Landscape Grasses

20. Roses

21. Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines

22. MNLA Certification Plant Identification Resource

 

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This section covers the following chapters:

24. Soils for Nursery and Landscape Management

25. Fertilization for Nursery and Landscape Management

26. Planting and Transplanting

27. Irrigation Management

28. Pruning, Trees, Shrubs, Evergreens and Perennials in the Nursery and Landscape

29. Landscape Management

30. Professional Gardening

31. Turf Management

32. Garden Center Plant Management

33. Vegetable Gardening

34. Water Gardens

35 Raingardens

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This section includes the following chapters:

36. Pesticide Management

37. Disease Management

38. Insect Management

39. Weed Management

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This section includes the followng chapters:

40. Plant Propagation

41. Container Production

42. Field Production of Nursery Crops

43. Floricultural Production and Management

 

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This section includes the following chapters:

44. Landscape Design

45. Landscape Contracting

46. Hardscape Construction

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This section includes the following chapters:

47. Garden Center Management

48. Marketing Merchandising and Sales

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This section includes the following chapters:

49. Units of Measure and Conversions Factors

50. Glossary

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The Plant Identification section includes full color plant images followed by the plant name.

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Original Seminar Date: January 31, 2014
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