Landscape Maintenance Seminars
LP007: Annuals: Traffic Stopping Curb Appeal
Start the season with this great seminar for parks professionals, those new to maintenance companies, or anyone wanting a refresher on planning and design. Participants will find out how to use annuals in the landscape, whether to fill space until permanent plantings grow, or to get a big bang of all-season colour and interest in boulevard, commercial and residential gardens. Learn how to choose the best annuals for drought tolerance, colour combination, texture and size. Maintenance, plus new varieties, will be discussed. A packed day, you'll come away set to order, design, and install annuals better than ever before.
Consider continuing with LP035 Annuals-Let's Get Visual-Visual

LO member price: $125.00
Non-member price: $240.00
Maximum participants: 12
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Lindsay Drake Nightingale, Yorkshire Garden Services Inc.
Date: Friday January 26, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
LP035: Annuals - Lets Get Visual - Visual
A half day seminar for maintenance companies, parks professionals, designers and lovers of annuals. Charlie will dig deeper into annuals explaining how they can enhance those hard-to-work with spaces in residential gardens and parks. Learn about new varieties and best maintenance practices. Participants will leave with new ideas in above-ground gardening (raised beds, containers, rooftops etc), tropicals, edibles and flowering plants, along with tips to creating seasonal containers.
Note: Please note the topics discussed in this seminar build off topics discussed in LP007, however it is not a prerequisite.
Lunch not included

LO member price: $62.00
Non-member price: $120.00
Maximum participants: 25
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Charlie Dobbin, Garden Solutions
Date: Thursday February 1, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
EN010: Xeriscaping: Selecting Drought- Tolerant Plants for Landscape Projects
This half-day seminar is for landscapers who wish to incorporate water conservation into their landscape and maintenance projects. Participants will learn which plants are drought tolerant and what steps can be taken to conserve irrigation and use it more efficiently. Matching plants to soil and exposure, along with creative ways to capture water such as rainwater harvesting, and a discussion of the benefits of xeriscaping will also be covered. This seminar is recommended for designers, contractors, and maintenance firms along with parks departments.
Consider continuing with LP047 Ornamental Ways to Handle Rainwater.
Note: Lunch not included

LO member price: $62.00
Non-member price: $120.00
Maximum participants: 25
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Sean James, Sean James Consulting and Design
Date: Friday February 9, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
LBM086: Your Company's Pulse: Use your Balance Sheet to determine its Beat
From one of the industry's leading firms; Nathan will speak first-hand on how he approached learning his company numbers, and improved his relationship with his financial lender!
Benefit to attending:
*More financial control of your company
*Clearer understanding of your balance sheet
*Knowing which ratios to focus on to improve financial health
*Learn how to be confident with meeting your banker
Important:
Participants will need to bring their financial statements from the last three years to maximize the value of this seminar. Attendees will come away knowing how to view their business, know their financial pulse before their banker does, strategies to manage a positive cash flow, how to improve their net worth, when to buy, lease or rent equipment and how much cash flow should be left in their business. A jam-packed day you won't want to miss. This seminar is for owners and managers of both new and established maintenance, construction, irrigation and snow management firms.

LO member price: $125.00
Non-member price: $240.00
Maximum participants: 15
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Nathan Helder, Gelderman Landscape Services
Date: Thursday February 22, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
LM202: Maintenance and Safety of Tools and Equipment
Grounds Maintenance Week (GMW) Day 1:
This day will benefit new employees and is particularly suited for those with some grounds maintenance industry experience.
Items covered include:
*Engine maintenance and theory (i.e. lawn mowers, blowers, trimmers etc)
*Safety on operation and storage
*Difference between two and four cycle engines
*Service and maintenance of the equipment's main function
*Fuel, oil and lubricants
*Carburetor inspections and service techniques
*Discuss issues and myths of engines and their service requirements
Participants should come prepared for some hands-on learning. PPE (personal protection equipment), gloves, work boots, eyewear, ear protection, etc., should be brought.
Consider continuing with: LM203 Basic Landscape Maintenance Practices, LM201 Fundamentals of Customer Service and Safety,LM204 Annuals and Perennials in Landscape Maintenance and LM205 Landscape Maintenance General Standards and Expectations

LO member price: $125.00
Non-member price: $240.00
Maximum participants: 12
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Ryan Dalli, Jet X Power Sports
Date: Monday February 26, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
LM203: Essential Grounds Maintenance Practices
Grounds Maintenance Week (GMW):
For the novice, day two of GMW continues to offer participants the opportunity to experience everything the grounds maintenance profession encompasses. During this full day, participants will be provided with the basic standards of its many areas and much more.
Items covered include:
*Planning for the site, maintenance, scheduling and programming
*Research on plants to use
*Soil, ph and fertilizers
*Tree and shrub identification
*Common backyard blunders to avoid
*Common pests and diseases and what to look for (IPM)
*Weed Identification
All content will provide foundation to support maintenance staff in maintaining aesthetically pleasing and beautiful landscapes
Consider continuing with: LM201 Fundamentals of Customer Service and Safety, LM204 Annuals and Perennials in Landscape Maintenance andLM205 LMW- Landscape Maintenance General Standards and Expectations

LO member price: $125.00
Non-member price: $240.00
Maximum participants: 12
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Bruce Peart, Gelderman Landscape Services
Date: Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
LM201: Fundamentals of Customer Service and Safety
Grounds Maintenance Week (GMW) Day 3:
Vital to a successful operation, this portion of Grounds Maintenance Week will cover the customer service and safety aspects of working in the landscape maintenance field. Participants will spend the first part of the day reviewing health and safety, including OHSA, hazard assessment and controls, WHMIS, transportation safety and the MTO and vehicle and driver licensing. Finishing up the day, participants will review key strategies for keeping your customers happy, including:
*Don't make promises you can't keep
*Listen to your customer
*How to deal with complaints
This day will benefit new employees, lead hands and those looking to lead crews.
Consider continuing with: LM204 Annuals and Perennials in Landscape Maintenance and LM205 Landscape Maintenance General Standards and expectations

LO member price: $125.00
Non-member price: $240.00
Maximum participants: 12
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Jeff Lowartz, CLT,CSL Group
Date: Wednesday February 28, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
LM204: Annuals and Perennials in Grounds Maintenance
Grounds Maintenance Week (GMW):
Day four involves basics of plant identification of annuals and perennials, how to plan for site planting, review of locations and conditions as well as care needs. The instructor will also discuss landscape 'add-ons'; fall bulb planting, four season containers and ornamental grasses, taking their sizes and foliage into consideration with year-round colour in mind. This seminar is for all employees and those with some industry experience in maintaining annuals, perennials and grasses.
Participants should come prepared for some hands-on learning.
Consider continuing with: LM205 Landscape Maintenance General Standards and expectations, LP041 Understanding and Planting Perennials, LP048 Introduction to Plant Identification or LP050 Perennials for the Landscape.

LO member price: $125.00
Non-member price: $240.00
Maximum participants: 12
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Bruce Peart, Gelderman Landscape Services
Date: Thursday March 1, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
LC052: Carbon Neutral Landscapes
Are you and your clients prepared for the province to launch carbon cap and trade? This seminar presents the science and accounting process for determining who pays and who gets to sell carbon credits. This seminar is designed to guide landscape designers and contractors on designing and creating carbon neutral landscapes. This seminar will focus on design, construction and maintenance: soils, plants and long term management.
Upon completion, participants will be able to:
* Calculate their net carbon use and environmental benefits of practices.
* Know the five critical design elements of a carbon neutral landscape.
* Evaluate existing landscapes to determine the actions necessary to achieve a carbon neutral landscape.
* Complete a basic assessment of landscape maintenance practices to determine net carbon savings on behalf of clients.

LO member price: $125.00
Non-member price: $240.00
Maximum participants: 12
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Jeff Thompson, Thompson Environmental
Date: Thursday March 1, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
LM205: Grounds Maintenance Turf, Pruning and General Standards
Grounds Maintenance Week (GMW):
Wrapping up this week- long program,day five day will go over the art of planting, pruning and turfgrass.
Items covered include:
*Planting Standards
*Site preparation
*Mulching and taking dormancy into consideration
There will be hands-on learning demonstrations on pruning participants are welcome to bring their own secateurs. Turf rounds out the day, including a standards review, discussion on turf types, when to seed and when to sod, and cutting guidelines.
This seminar for new landscape employees and those with limited industry experience in the landscape maintenance field.
Participants should bring PPE (work gloves and boots, eye and ear protection) for possible outdoor hands-on learning.
Consider continuing with TM011 Turf Management: A Holistic Approach, TM008 New Age Weed and Pest Control in Turf or LA003 Introduction to Tree and Shrub Pruning

LO member price: $125.00
Non-member price: $240.00
Maximum participants: 12
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Date: Friday March 2, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
LA005: Introduction to Soil and Tree Below the Ground
Approximately 40% of a tree's biomass is below ground, as a vast network of roots. Because roots lie out of sight, their care and protection are often overlooked, resulting in poor performance. Understanding how roots grow and function is an essential part of any comprehensive maintenance program.
This seminar will cover:
*Basics of tree biology
*Root growth and soil science
*Importance of healthy soil and proper nutrient cycling
*How to assess soil conditions to improve soil health
*How to help protect tree roots during construction
*Routine maintenance
Participants are encouraged to ask questions and share case studies from their own work experiences. Landscape designers, technicians, contractors and architects, along with property managers, groundskeepers and arborists should attend.

LO member price: $125.00
Non-member price: $240.00
Maximum participants: 25
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Todd Irvine, MFC,MA,ISA Certified Arborist
Date: Monday March 5, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
LM002: Improved Grounds Maintenance
This popular seminar is one you should always consider attending before starting your maintenance season.
The magic behind every outstanding landscape is found in attention to detail. Knowledge is the key to quality work. This seminar will unlock some of the theory and techniques needed to attain an eye-catching landscape. Learn how those who deliver superior results are not simply doing more of the same things everyone else does; they are doing better things. Explore the details and advanced techniques needed to deliver excellent landscape maintenance in today's changing landscape world

LO member price: $125.00
Non-member price: $240.00
Maximum participants: 40
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Jeff McMann NPD,ISA CLT, Mount Pleasant Group
Date: Friday March 9, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
TM011: Turf Management- A Holistic Approach
Benefitting new employees and those with limited turf management experience, this seminar will discuss basic turfgrass biology and key physiological processes,such as photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration. The instructor will discuss selecting appropriate turfgrass species; mowing and optimum mowing height; thatch and compaction management (e.g. coring, spiking, topdressing and dethatching) along with plant nutrition and irrigation management.
NOTE: IPM - 5.67 CECs awarded

LO member price: $125.00
Non-member price: $240.00
Maximum participants: 25
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Derrick Hawley P.Ag.
Date: Monday March 12, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
LP050: New-Perennials for the Landscape
Hostas, ferns, grasses, heuchera and wildflowers are an important part of the landscape. Discussing these different plant types, participants will be provided with a list of their botanical and common names and how to incorporate them into bed shapes, including where to plant, how to care for, and more. This seminar will have your landscape project looking the best on the block! Landscape designers, contractors and maintenance firms should consider attending this seminar.

LO member price: $125.00
Non-member price: $240.00
Maximum participants: 25
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Nancy Christie, NPD,Mohawk College
Date: Tuesday March 13, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
TM008: New Age Weed and Pest Control in Turf
Turfgrass seed has taken on a new look, particularly in the area of water requirements. This seminar covers turf weed control options, non-selectives, insect control, as well as emerging trends in grass seed selection and pest control products. Participants will learn how best to deal with challenging turf conditions, and the economic impact of these choices. This seminar is ideal for owners or staff of lawn care and maintenance firms, or parks departments.
Note: IPM - 3.00 CEC's awarded
Lunch not included.

LO member price: $62.00
Non-member price: $120.00
Maximum participants: 25
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Ken Pavely, Lawn Life Natural Turf Products
Date: Friday March 16, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
LC061: Water Gardening in your Landscape Project
The seminar will provide insight into designing an implementing your next water feature project. Participants will gain a strong understanding of pumps,filtration systems and maintaining water quality, as well as the effect fish have on the water and how the nutrient and oxygen cycle affects water stability. A seminar for contractors, maintenance, designers and garden centre staff participants will leave knowing the materials needed to construct and install a wide range of water features including ponds, waterfalls and pondless fountains. Participants will also become familiar with installing natural ponds that require no pumps or filtration system.

LO member price: $125.00
Non-member price: $240.00
Maximum participants: 25
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Robert Pavlis
Date: Friday March 16, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
TM010: Maintaining Turf on Treed Properties
Participants will examine cultural practices for maintaining strong healthy turf on treed sites, and review development of a balanced soil fertility program through proper soil analysis and application techniques. Time will also be spent examining the biological and cultural pest control techniques permitted for use under the current pesticide legislation.This seminar is ideal for lawn care and maintenance firms,parks departments or for those required to develop or implement turf management operations on sites with sunlight to significant tree coverage/shade areas.
Note:IPM-5.67 CEC's awarded

LO member price: $125.00
Non-member price: $240.00
Maximum participants: 25
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Steve Mann,SJM Arboricultural Consulting
Date: Tuesday March 20, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
LA003: Introduction to Tree and Shrub Pruning
Pruning is among the most effective method for landscape professionals to improve the form, growth and health of trees and shrubs. This seminar includes both classroom and hands-on instruction outdoors to develop skill and confidence in pruning basics. Participants learn the what, where, why and how of successful pruning for trees and shrubs. The seminar focuses on pruning of young trees and shrubs to develop good structure, aesthetics and health.
Hands-on instruction:
Participants should dress for the weather, and bring PPE (personal protection equipment): gloves, CSA- approved footwear, eyewear, etc., and hand secateurs, for outdoor instruction.

LO member price: $125.00
Non-member price: $240.00
Maximum participants: 15
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Drew Christie
Date: Wednesday March 21, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
LBM057-B: On-The-Job Training (OJT)
Most learning in the landscape profession happens, every day - working side-by-side with a more experienced person on the job. There is no doubting the skills of the trainer, but how many of these trainers have ever had training on how to train? Participants will actually practice training method in-class, just like the real thing. During both days participants will review the method, use training models they have prepared and learn from their experience - then put it into action. Workbooks, CD and training tools will be provided.
NOTE: PPE required, hardhats, gloves, ear, eye protection. Participants should come prepared for outdoor, hands-on learning.

LO member price: $250.00
Non-member price: $480.00
Maximum participants: 10
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Paul Doornbos, Thornbusch Landscaping
Dates: Wednesday March 21, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday March 22, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
LA003-B: Introduction to Tree and Shrub Pruning
Pruning is among the most effective method for landscape professionals to improve the form, growth and health of trees and shrubs. This seminar includes both classroom and hands-on instruction outdoors to develop skill and confidence in pruning basics. Participants learn the what, where, why and how of successful pruning for trees and shrubs. The seminar focuses on pruning of young trees and shrubs to develop good structure, aesthetics and health.
Hands-on instruction:
Participants should dress for the weather, and bring PPE (personal protection equipment): gloves, CSA- approved footwear, eyewear, etc., and hand secateurs, for outdoor instruction.

LO member price: $125.00
Non-member price: $240.00
Maximum participants: 15
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Drew Christie
Date: Friday March 23, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
TM006: IPM in the Woody Landscape
For arborists, landscape, parks and garden maintenance workers and garden centre employees who want to know more about pest management. This well-received seminar will cover the most common diseases, insects and mites that affect trees and shrubs in Ontario.
It will train you to look for harmful pests, and how to identify environmental and physiological disorders that are often the underlying cause.
This seminar includes in-depth knowledge on pest identification, with emphasis on early detection and the timing for best results to keep woody plants healthy.
Feel free to bring your pest problems to this seminar. You will leave with answers, better problem solving skills and so much more.
Note: IPM -5.67 CEC's awarded

LO member price: $125.00
Non-member price: $240.00
Maximum participants: 25
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: jennifer Llewellyn,OMFRA
Date: Tuesday March 27, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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