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Weed Warriors training scheduled for May

Posted 1/13/2012

Register now for 2012 Weed Warrior Classes

It won’t be long before the snow melts and new plant life flourishes throughout the state. But with the beautiful comes the burdensome, and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) has scheduled Weed Warrior training to help ease the burden caused by some Nevada’s pesky invasive weeds.

Professional weed managers and UNCE staff typically attend these classes. Though homeowners are welcome, they should know the courses are intensive and designed for advanced weed controllers.

The training class is scheduled for May 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. and May 17 from 8 a.m. to noon. Participants must attend both classes of the two-part training session in order to become 2012 Weed Warrior graduates. Classes are available live at UNCE Reno and via telecast at the Gardnerville and Carson City offices.

Water Quality Specialist Sue Donaldson said the courses will provide attendees with the knowledge necessary to identify, eliminate and prevent weed growth on their property, with an emphasis on hard-to-control invasive weeds.

"We do a hands-on session on how to identify weeds in general," Donaldson said. "Participants learn the overall strategy of integrated weed management — identifying the pest; learning its biology and how it reproduces; then picking from a box of tools to determine the best method to control the weed whether it be mechanical, cultural, biological or chemical."

Mechanical and chemical weed-control methods like hand pulling and pesticides can be effective, but Donaldson said gardeners can reduce weed problems by preventing them in the first place, by using clean seed and fill dirt, decontaminating equipment and inspecting plant starts for contamination.

To learn more, register for Weed Warriors training by contacting your local UNCE office by April 27. Classes fill up fast, so interested gardeners should sign up as soon as possible. Registration for the program is $35 and covers program supplies, a binder of weed management information and refreshments for the two days. For more information, call Donaldson at 775-784-4848.

Cooperative Extension encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Ashley Vollmar at 775-784-4848 in advance of your participation.

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