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Posted on: April 28, 2022

Organic Lawn Care 101 webinar available to view on MCAT

Residents are invited to view a free organic lawn care webinar on Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT) as part of an MCAT Media Assistance Grant.

Organic Lawn Care 101, hosted by Parks and Recreation, Grow Safe Missoula and Osborne Organics was recorded on April 27. The program will be available on replay as a Video on Demand at MCAT.org and on MCAT’s YouTube channel after April 30 and is scheduled to air on MCAT Ch. 189 on May 20 at 5 pm and May 21 at 7 pm. 

Webinar topics include:

    Introduction to Organic Lawn Care

    Insect and weed problem prevention

    Soil biology basics: Creating healthy soil

    Soil fertility and nutrient cycling

    Best management practices

    Soil testing: the basis for natural organic compatible products

    Parks and Recreation's organic turf pilot project in McCormick Park. 

    Garden City Compost’s natural compost products. (Currently under consideration for organic status.)

In the webinar, Chip Osborne, Jr., President of Osborne Organics, LLC, and founder of the Organic Landscape Association leads a discussion on how homeowners can maintain healthy soil and grow a beautiful lawn using organic lawn care. More and more, residents and City land managers are recognizing the environmental and health benefits of reducing or eliminating pesticide use in lawn care and vegetation management.  This spring, Parks and Recreation plans to launch an organic turf maintenance pilot project in McCormick Park—details will be announced in May here at www.missoulaparks.org.  

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