Turfgrass Association and the Green Industry Meeting
Today was the annual turfgrass professionals and nurserymen and greenhouse growers association meetings in Hot Springs. They have often combined their trade show but held seperate educational tracts. This year they combined for their pesticide recertification tract, so there was a packed room this morning for our talks. I spoke on the top 10 mistakes in landscaping, and ended with the number one problem being poor pruning practices. Hopefully it can make a difference at least with crape myrtles and Ornamental pears. Afterwards the trade show was open. Not as many plant vendors as in the past, but interestingly enough, several vendors are touting grafted tomato plants. This takes newer disease resistant varieties and grafting heirlooms onto their root stock. It should give you the heirloom fruits with a hardier plant growth. There are also several new varities of periwinkle for summer. One is a rich dark purple. The conferences and trade show continue tomorrow.
The drive in on highway 70 showed as much winter storm damage as we have here in Little Rock. Lots of downed trees and broken limbs. From the look of things I imagine the road was nearly impassable. I would say that stretch of the county and Pulaski county were two of the hardest hit areas of the state.