Monday, February 18, 2013

Green Thumb Series: What's Eating My Plants seminar

Announcing another class in the Green Thumb Series presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners and Travis County AgriLife Extension:

What's Eating My Plants
Thursday, June 13, 2013, 10am-12pm 
Travis County AgriLife Extension Office
1600 B Smith Rd., Austin TX  78721

Yikes!  What is eating my plant?  Wizzie Brown, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist, will teach you detective skills needed for correctly identifying insects.  Knowing exactly who are the “good bugs” and the “bad bugs” is important because the majority of insects are not “bad”!

Armed with knowledge of insect mouthparts and biology, you can figure out what may be causing damage to plants even when there is not an insect in sight.  Think about what kind of mouth part could have done the damage?  Are there holes in the plant?  Are the holes small or are entire leaves eaten?  Does the plant have yellowing and curling on the foliage?   Knowing the types of damage insects can cause to plants can help reveal what pest you are dealing with and help to make management decision.  Identification of common insects will also be covered along with integrated pest management practices to help reduce pesticide use.  Integrated pest management programs start with non-chemical approaches first and while chemicals are included in the program, they are a last resort strategy.

This class is part of The Green Thumb series.  Must register at: or by phone 979-845-2604.  Keyword Search: Green Thumb.  One class is $15, with price discounts for signing up for 3 or more classes at the same time.  Class is limited to 40 people.

The Green Thumb series concentrates on providing information on gardening tasks which ideally are completed in late winter through early summer. Remaining classes in the series include:  
  • March 14, 2013 - Soils & Soil Amendments
  • April 11, 2013 - When & How to Fertilize
  • May 9, 2013 - How to Build a Home Drip Irrigation System
  • June 13, 2013 - What's Eating My Plants
$15 (1-2 workshops), $40 (3 workshops), $65 (all workshops)

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