Published on 11/13/12

Landscaping professionals' conference set

Are you a landscaping professional looking to give your crew an extra edge in 2013?

The Urban Ag Council of Georgia will host its annual Edge Expo for landscape professionals on Dec. 5-6 at the Gwinnett Civic and Cultural Center in Duluth, Ga.

Council members designed the one and a half day EDGE Expo to educate, demonstrate, grow and equip Georgia landscapers with the tools they need to build successful businesses. Industry experts and researchers from across the Southeast will share the latest information on landscape management and tips on how to work smarter next spring.

Researchers from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will present workshops on controlling weeds and diseases that affect ornamental plants, managing stressed turfgrass, controlling common insect pests, rotating plants in color beds and solving bedding problems, as well as organic landscape management and integrated pest management.

Scientists from Clemson University, University of Florida and West Georgia College will share their expertise, too, along with landscape company owners, landscape architects, irrigation specialists and golf course superintendents.

Training for Georgia’s Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s License will be available and the exam will be given the afternoon of Dec. 6.

The Association of Professional Landscape Designers, Georgia Certified Landscape Professional, Golf Course Superintendent Association of America, the International Society of Arboriculture, the Irrigation Association, Planet Landscape Industry and Sports Turf Management Association are offering continuing education credits for those who attend the Expo.

Landscape-related companies and associations will show off their latest products at the event’s trade show.

Urban Ag Council members pay $145 for entire conference before Nov. 21 and $175 after. For nonmembers, the cost is $175 for both days before Nov. 21 and $205 after.

One-day fees for members are $95 for Wednesday, which includes lunch, and $55 for Thursday. Nonmembers pay $125 for Wednesday only and $75 for Thursday only. After Nov. 21, these fees go up $30.

The fee for the trade show and luncheon on Wednesday is $20 for both members and nonmembers. There is no charge to attend the trade show only.

For more information or to register, call (800) 687-6949, or e-mail The website is

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