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Free green industry class to discuss noxious weed identification and control

Posted 7/25/2018

Purple spearlike flowers

Purple loosestrife, a noxious weed, is easily identified by spikes of purple flowers that bloom early July through September. Photo by Wendy Hanson Mazet, Cooperative Extension.

Cooperative Extension series teaches sustainable horticulture to local professionals

Spring rains caused more weeds to germinate in northern Nevada this year than in previous years, including some designated as “noxious weeds,” which the law requires to be eradicated. To help green-industry professionals, such as landscapers, address the problem, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension presents “Noxious Weed Identification and Control,” noon — 1 p.m., Aug. 8, at the Washoe County Cooperative Extension Office, 4955 Energy Way in Reno, as part of the Green Industry Continuing Education Series.

“This class is geared toward commercial landscapers and those who handle weeds as part of their job, but homeowners are welcome also,” said Cooperative Extension Commercial Horticulture Program Coordinator Jenn Fisher, who helped coordinate the class. “Attendees will learn how to tell the difference between look-alikes in the field, which plants are optional for removal, and which weeds need to be eradicated by law.”

The class, taught by Andrea Moe with Nevada Department of Agriculture, will focus on identifying noxious weeds, with brief discussions on weed life cycles and control methods. The class also offers Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

The Green Industry Continuing Education Series provides current, research-based information to green-industry professionals. For a complete list of upcoming classes through December, visit the series website. Register online at the Noxious Weed Identification Control website. For more information on classes or certification, contact Fisher at or 775-336-0249. Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should call at least three days prior to the class they intend to attend.

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