Penn State Extension will offer two new online landscape courses

Penn State Extension has launched two new online courses, “Plant Identification and Use: Vines” and “Plant Identification and Use: Ground Cover” for landscapers, horticulture professionals and avid gardeners.

In the “Plant Identification and Use: Ground Covers” course, landscapers learn to identify the most important genera and species of ground covers used in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, the requirements cultural practices of ground covers, common insect and disease problems, basic pruning requirements, and when and how to select ground covers resistant to common problems.

In “Plant Identification and Use: Vines”, participants learn the identifying characteristics of northeastern climbing vines and understand their botanical names and landscape use, learn the cultural requirements of vines, understand the use of vines climbers and describe the basics of the common insect. and disease problems associated with the vine.

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Both courses are eligible for Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist (PCH) Continuing Education Units (CEUs). These courses are ideal for people seeking employment in landscape design, installation and maintenance, and landscaping companies who want to provide additional training for experienced employees. For more information and to register for these two new online courses, as well as Penn State Extension’s Green Industry Professional Development Course Library, go to https://extension.psu. edu/landscape-professional-development. These courses were supported by the generous contributions of the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association.

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