Thursday Education – January 31, 2019

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Room: Schaumburg AB
IM4U: Managing Landscape Labor in the Digital Age
Kirk Brown, John Bartram Lives, Olmsted Lives
Human Resources could be the most challenging element of any Landscape Design/Build installation. Keeping the crews filled, the days productive and the clients happy is a three-ring circus of conflicting energies. This session will develop new digital strategies to help small businesses with large objectives keep track.

Room: Schaumburg CD
Market Proven Travertine and Why You Should Be Installing it
Randy Weldishofer, TruStone Distributors; Jeff Werner, Werner Hardscapes
With an emphasis on installation practices and design options, this presentation will highlight the profitable benefits of Turkish Travertine. Travertine is available in a myriad of colors and products, making it one of the most versatile stones used in outdoor living spaces. By revealing tricks of the trade and commonly used practices, efficiencies will be shared for making each patio profitable and worry free.
Applied for 1.25 CEUs for Landscape Architects

Room: Utopia AB
Raising Your Game: Ways to Improve Design, Plant Selection, and Maintenance
William Moss, Get Out & Grow
This timely and relevant presentation will review some of the problems with common landscapes and low level maintenance. Solutions that improve design, raise the profile of the gardening professional and increase profits will all be discussed.
Applied for 1.25 CEUs for Landscape Architects
Applied for 1.25 CEUs for Certified Arborists

Room: Utopia CD
The Practical Science Supporting Tree Planting Best Practices
Gary Watson, The Morton Arboretum
Successful tree planting practices must be based on sound science. This up-to-date synthesis of the research devoted to planting urban and suburban trees can be used to understand and implement the appropriate practices that are vital to planting trees that will last a lifetime. Topics covered will include choice of tree size and nursery production method, site preparation, tree responses during digging, planting, and establishment at the new site.
Applied for 1.25 CEUs for Landscape Architects
Applied for 1.25 CEUs for Certified Arborists

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM

Room: Nirvana
Creating a Company Culture that is Distinctive and Remarkable
Lee Fredericks, Rainbow Treecare Science Advancements
Many companies today operate much like a company from 30 years ago. The problem is, the world has changed. Companies with a successful culture have been able to adapt, adjust and continue to grow and outperform the competition. Today the secret sauce for successful recruitment and marketing is a well-defined and ingrained company culture. This presentation will share practical strategies for every level of an organization from owner down to the labor force.

Room: Schaumburg AB
Ecology and Control of Yellow Nutsedge
Roch Gaussoin, University of Nebraska
Yellow nutsedge is one of the most difficult weeds to control in turf and landscapes. It is very unique in its biology and ecology. A single nutsedge plant can produce nearly 5,000 tubers by the end of the growing season. This presentation will use a multi-step strategy, developed after nearly 5 years of research, to effectively manage yellow nutsedge in turfgrass.
Applied for .75 CEUs for Landscape Architects

Room: Schaumburg CD
Segmental Permeable Pavement
Pete Baloglou, Techo-Bloc Midwest Corp
Determining when permeable pavements are applicable begins with soil analysis and surrounding topography. This practical session will cover permeable pavers from tip to tails with deep analysis into soils, geotextiles, sub-bases, base materials, and paving unit integrity. It will also cover the bells and whistles from curbing and edging, joints, and erosion and sediment controls. A can’t miss session for those using stone to deal with Midwestern water issues.
Applied for .75 CEUs for Landscape Architects

Room: Utopia AB
Employee Incentives and Motivation
Paul Kimicata, Kimicata Brothers, Inc.
How do you keep employees engaged within your company? Paul is a third generation owner of a design/build/irrigation/maintenance landscape firm in Pittsburgh. He watched his relatives struggle to keep an employee more than a few years before they moved on. He will share specific methods used to keep employees engaged and a bonus system that is relevant the entire year, not just the last 3 weeks of the season.

Room: Utopia CD
Are Your Weeds Laughing At You?
Paul Drobot, Plants to Grow – plantstogrow.com
If you have a garden or landscape, you have weeds. Besides physically pulling the weeds, there are many other strategies to controlling them. Soil improvements, plant selection, yard or garden design, proper use of mulches, proper tools, etc. all help make the job easier. Be persistent, use some of the strategies presented, and you can control the laughter of the weeds.
Applied for .75 CEUs for Landscape Architects

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Room: Nirvana
Landscaping with Wildflowers
Jack Pizzo, The Pizzo Group
Join Jack Pizzo as he shares expert advice on how to integrate native plants into your next landscape design and the resulting benefits to your clients. Attendees will discover the rewards of using native wildflowers in your clients’ projects and learn how to use wildflowers in rain and perennial gardens. Finally, attendees will see the latest trends in native landscape design and restoring native areas and see why natural landscapes can reduce overall maintenance costs.
Applied for 1.25 CEUs for Landscape Architects

Room: Schaumburg AB
5 Steps to Increasing Your Profitability with Quickbooks
Monica Muir, Muir & Associates, LLC
Too often in business we forget the basics. Learn the 5 steps that will help you increase your profitability with QuickBooks – from setup, to reviewing your results and streamlining your workflow. Avoid the common mistakes so many users make.

Room: Schaumburg CD
Guarantee Compaction and Eliminate Structural Failures in the Residential Market
Bill Gardocki, Interstate Landscape Co.
Most residential contractors have no specific means to measure compaction. It is hard to believe more attention isn’t given to this issue when most hardscape failures occur because of a lack of compaction. This technical session focuses on four compaction issues: compaction equipment, compaction testing, proper soil selection, and geosynthetic soil stabilization aids.
Applied for 1.25 CEUs for Landscape Architects

Room: Utopia AB
New Arrivals: Keeping a Look Out for Invasives
Fredric Miller, Joliet Junior College
The presentation will address the newest invasive species including brown marmorated stinkbug, spotted lanternfly, spotted-wing drosophila, walnut twig beetle, and pin -hole borers (Ambrosia beetles) affecting landscape plants. Proper identification, plant symptoms, economic importance, host plants, and pest management will be discussed. You’ll never outnumber them, but you can outsmart them.
Applied for 1.25 CEUs for Landscape Architects
Applied for 1.25 CEUs for Certified Arborists

Room: Utopia CD
Soils in the Urban Landscape
Paul Drobot, Plants to Grow – plantstogrow.com
All landscape professionals know that successful gardening is dependent to a great extent on the quality and condition of the soil. Understanding some of the basic properties, physical structure, and soil living organisms is important. This in turn will assist the landscaper professional’s decisions on how to improve the soil, understand fertilization, and watering.
Applied for 1.25 CEUs for Landscape Architects
Applied for 1.25 CEUs for Certified Arborists

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Room: Nirvana
Structural Pruning at Planting: Crucial for Upping Your Game
Ed Gilman, University of Florida
Prune at planting? I thought we didn’t do that! The research and experience show us the way to a better urban forest. Roots and shoots are best pruned at planting to correct structural deficiencies because most never get pruned again for structure. Nursery stock arriving with inferior structure WILL benefit. We show you the way. There is sure to be plenty of discussion and disagreement. Come prepared to defend your position – I will.

Room: Schaumburg AB
4 Steps Key to Better Job Costing in Quickbooks
Monica Muir, Muir & Associates, LLC
Discover ways to use features in QuickBooks you never thought about, or understood, that can help you market smarter and work smarter. You will learn aspects to setup that not only help you track profitability better, but help you track key metrics so you can market more effectively. Monica will also share reporting that will help you analyze your profitability and key metrics so you can make wiser decisions.

Room: Schaumburg CD
Hardscaping Sales 101 for the Residential Contractor
Bill Gardocki, Interstate Landscape Co.
What good are hardscape skills if you can’t close the deal? This session focuses on bidding and selling residential projects. Comparisons are made to softscape and maintenance bidding and selling. This practical discussion includes what areas on a hardscape project can get installers into trouble and what areas to focus on to help grow a business.

Room: Utopia AB
Sabbatical to Plant Freedom
Austin Eischeid, Austin Eischeid Garden Design
As a student of Piet Oudolf, Austin has grown into his own unique design style that uses elements of his mentors. He will discuss his work experiences and how it formed the garden designer he is today. Austin will share his design process and talk about using strong perennials for seasonal interest.
Applied for 1.25 CEUs for Landscape Architects

Room: Utopia CD
The Incredible Edible Landscape
Lisa Hilgenberg, Chicago Botanic Garden
Gorgeous photography, thoughtful perspective, design and planning tips, and best fruit cultivars and vegetable varieties illustrate how edible plants and flowers can be incorporated into modern landscapes, providing experiential havens for our scattered lives, providing nourishment and respite for clients, family and friends.
Applied for 1.25 CEUs for Landscape Architects

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