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Florida Plant Health Care Workshop

Florida Plant Health Care Workshop

8:30 am Sign In, Breakfast
9:00 am Welcome & Introductions
9:15 am Diagnosis and Management of Diseases and Abiotic Problems on Trees, Shrubs, and Palms
Dr. A.D. Ali, The Davey Tree Experts Co.
This presentation will provide an overview of common abiotic injuries and infectious diseases of trees, shrubs, and palms. The audience will participate in diagnosing problems and recommending possible cures in an interactive session.
10:15 am Diagnosis and Management of Insects Pests on Shrubs Commonly Found in Central FL Landscapes
Dr. Doug Caldwell, UF Extension
There are a number of ongoing and upcoming insect pest issues in FL that landscape and pest professionals will need to be aware of in order to best serve their clients.  Dr. Caldwell will cover how to diagnose and manage these commonly found insect pests.  He will discuss signs, symptoms, physical appearance, life cycles, and treatment strategies.
11:15 am Break
11:30 am Tree Growth Regulators
Patrick Anderson, Arborologist, Rainbow
“Tree growth regulator” may sound counterintuitive to many arborists and landscape managers; however, they can play in important role in managing overall tree health.  During this discussion we’ll learn why slowing a tree’s growth can be beneficial for the health of the tree and can help us more effectively manage trees in our urban/suburban landscape interfaces.  We’ll delve in to the history of tree growth regulators, the science behind tree growth regulators, and their uses in the landscape.
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Shrub Growth Regulators
Patrick Anderson, Arborologist, Rainbow
For many landscape managers maintaining shrubs is an ongoing dilemma.  During this conversation we’ll learn about how the use of shrub growth regulators can; reduce labor, improve plant appearance, reduce client complaints, and allow us to be safer on our jobsites. Several case studies and return on investment trials will be presented to allow attendees to grasp the full potential for the use of shrub growth regulators in the landscape.
2:00 pm –
3:30 pm
Field Demonstrations with Tree and Shrub Health Care Equipment
Patrick Anderson, Arborologist, Rainbow
There have been many advances in plant healthcare equipment technology within the past few years.  This in field demonstration will highlight low volume high impact soil injection equipment, trunk injection tools, and lower basal bark spray applications.  Attendees will walk away having a good understanding of the plant health care toolbox approach to pest and disease management.

Speaker Bios:

Dr. A.D. Ali
Dr. A. D. Ali Technical Advisor Davey Institute The Davey Tree Expert Co. Dr. Ali has over 30 years of experience in the Green Industry. He provides technical support to Davey field offices throughout the southeast and Texas. He also provides arboricultural consulting services including Plant Health Care seminars, plant problem diagnosis and landscape management. Dr. Ali was an Adjunct Professor at Florida Southwestern State College and at Hodges University in Ft. Myers. Dr. Ali is an Entomologist by training. He received his BS in Entomology and MS in Plant Protection and Pest Management from the University of California at Davis; and his PhD in Entomology from Louisiana State University. He is a Board Certified Master Arborist and serves on the Board of Directors, Florida Chapter ISA. Dr. Ali has written a book on Pest Management in the Landscape. In addition, he has presented 130 scientific and training seminars, attended 135 conferences, symposia and workshops, and authored more than 300 scientific and trade-oriented articles.

Dr. Doug Caldwell
Dr. Caldwell is the commercial Landscape Extension Agent in Collier County. He holds a Ph.D. in entomology, is a certified arborist, and is a Florida Certified Horticulture Professional (FCHP). He has over 20 years’ experience in the green industry.

Patrick Anderson
Patrick Anderson is an Arborlogist with Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements where he provides plant healthcare protocol training and support for Rainbow’s clients nationwide. He has years of practical tree care experience, and conducts field research trials throughout the U.S., with emphasis on plant growth regulators and landscape scale management. Patrick frequently gives talks and guest lectures for green industry groups, and has authored numerous articles on tree and shrub care. Patrick has a B.S. in Forest Science from Penn State University, is an ISA Board-Certified Master Arborist and Municipal Specialist, ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified, an ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist, a North Carolina Licensed Landscape Contractor, and is currently a member of the Revision Subcommittee for the ANSI 300 Part 2 Soil Management. In addition, Patrick serves as a TreeMaster for TreesCharlotte.