Hosted by Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements

8:00 am Check In & Breakfast
8:30 am Program Start: Introduction and Safety Brief
Shannon Herbst, Territory Manager, Rainbow
8:40 am Glenview Mansion Overview & Welcome
9:00 am Insects and Mites of Ornamental Plants
Chuck Cornell, President, Nursery IPM, Inc.
This presentation will discuss management protocols for wood-boring, chewing, and sucking insects that tree care and landscape professionals commonly encounter on trees in the Mid-Atlantic landscapes.  Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of treatment strategies that integrate the biology and life cycle of insect pests with treatment timing to ensure optimal performance and client satisfaction.
9:45 am

Improving Tree Health with Tree Growth Regulators
Shannon Herbst, Territory Manager, Rainbow
Trees in urban environments deal with a variety of stress factors that affect the overall health of the tree.  These can include drought, impermeable surfaces like side-walks and park lots, and native and non-native pests and diseases.  Beyond just managing the growth of trees, tree growth regulators like Cambistat can also provide additional benefits including:

  • Increased fibrous root development.
  • Darker, greener leaves.
  • Improved disease and drought resistance.
  • Increase defense compounds.

During this presentation, Shannon will provide an overview of situations to use tree growth regulators and the benefits for your clients’ trees.

10:45 am Break
11:00 am Benefits of Shrub Growth Regulators for Your Business and Your Clients’ Plants
Mark Lucas, National Account Manager, Rainbow
Shrub growth regulators can play a significant role in managing plants on a client’s property.  On large commercial sites, they can help reduce labor demands while also allowing you to shift labor resources to other more prominent sites on the job.  Shrub growth regulators like Trimtect can also help improve the overall appearance and quality of the plant.  This presentation will discuss how landscapers can integrate plant growth regulators into their operations and provide a service that result in greener, healthier plants for their clients.
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Common Diseases of Ornamental Plants
Chuck Cornell, President, Nursery IPM, Inc.
This presentation will discuss management protocols for diseases that tree care and landscape professionals commonly encounter on ornamental plants in the Mid-Atlantic landscapes.  Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the different treatment strategies for managing these common diseases.
1:45 pm Field Demonstrations for Applications of Insect Management Tools Plant Growth Regulators
Mark Lucas, Shannon Herbst, Rainbow
Get hands on with this field demonstration for applying Trimtect and Cambistat.  Shannon and Mark will demonstrate the process for soil injections using the HTI-2000 soil injection system and for foliar shrub sprays using the JD-9 and Maruyama motorized backpack.  Learn about the proper techniques and practices when using either application process.  They’ll also discuss what other treatments you can do with both systems when treating for common tree and shrub problems in the landscape.
3:30 pm Surveys, ISA CEU forms, Pesticide CEU forms, and adjourn

Speaker Bios:

Chuck Cornell President and Pest Management Consultant, Nursery IPM, Inc. Chuck has been President and Pest Management Consultant for Nursery IPM, Inc. since 1987. He received a BS degree in Entomology from the University of Maryland, where he also did graduate work in ornamentals IPM. He completed the first IPM demonstration program for the nursery industry. He provides IPM services and consulting for commercial production nurseries and greenhouses, garden centers, commercial and residential landscapers and arborists, in addition to pesticide applications and biological control in nurseries and landscapes.

Mark Lucas National Accounts Manager, Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements Mark is the National Accounts Manager for Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements. He has over 34 years of green industry experience. He has worked as a Process Improvement Manager with Chapel Valley. He was with Brickman as a National Account Manager, Branch Manager, and Tree Manager. Before Brickman, he was with Davey Environmental Services. Mark has a BS in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire.

Shannon Herbst Territory Arborist, Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements Shannon has over two decades of experience in the green industry. She has owned her own WBE/DBE landscaping business in Maryland for over 8 years, worked as managing arborist for a tree company in New Jersey, and was the Director of Sales for a national maintenance company in Pennsylvania.