Offering workshops on nutrient management for Fayette County residents

Over the next year, the ENRI Task Force will be presenting workshops on the essentials of sound nutrient managment practices in your home landscape.  The workshops are free and open to the public and offered through neighborhood/homeowner associations. Participants will have the opportunity to sign up for grant funded soil testing and assistance with soil sample collection.  The program was developed by Extension Specialists in water quality, horticulture, and turfgrass management and is funded through the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government's Stormwater Quality Projects Incentive Grant Program.  

Key concepts: 

  • Know what you are applying: major nutrients and common sources
  • At the root of the matter: soil testing - benefit, method, and interpretation of results  
  • Go forth: simple practices to apply in your home landscape

Why is this important?  Research has shown that runoff from home lawns and gardens is a large contributor to nutrient pollution in our waterways.  Nutrients are conveyed through storm sewer systems to streams and other surface water bodies.  Excess nutrients result in algal blooms which degrade water quality impacting public health and impairing ecological systems.  Implementing some simple practices in the home landscape will reduce nutrient pollution. Join us to learn what you can do to help protect the waters of the Commonwealth.

But wait, there's more...

LAWN to LIMB: ENRI has teamed with the Urban Forest Initiaive (UFI) to provide combination workshops to include training on tree health andUrban Forest Initiative care.  In addition to the concepts above, participants will learn the importance of tree health and learn how to spot the signs of unhealthy trees.  It includes a tree walk and training in the use of a simplified tree assessment guide. Combination workshops are available by request through December 2017. 

If you are interested in more information or in hosting a workshop, please email Suzette Walling (s.walling@uky.edu)