Horticultural Expert to Speak on Garden Mulches

Contact: Sherry Sheng, clackamasmg@gmail.com
Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott will offer an extensive presentation onMulches: The Good, The Bad, and The Really, Really Ugly” at the monthly meeting of Clackamas County Master Gardeners, 7-8 pm on May 13. The meeting will be held at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie. The program is open to all free of charge.  

Mulches are an ideal alternative to chemical weed control. If correctly chosen and applied, mulches can not only reduce weed invasions, but also reduce management costs by improving water and air movement, moderating soil temperatures, improving soil structure and nutrition, and enhancing beneficial microbes and insects. How can you decide which mulch is best for your landscape? This seminar will teach you how to make these decisions.

Linda Chalker-Scott is Washington State University’s Extension urban horticulturist who develops educational materials for home gardeners, certified arborists, restoration ecologists, pesticide applicators, and the nursery and landscape industry. She is also an associate professor in the WSU Department of Horticulture.  She has a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Oregon State University.

Linda is the author of four books: the award-winning, horticultural myth-busting The Informed Gardener and The Informed Gardener Blooms Again, How Plants Work: The Science Behind the Amazing Things Plants Do, and Sustainable Landscapes and Gardens: Good Science, Practical Application. She has published extensively in the scientific literature as well as in popular magazines such as American Nurseryman, Organic Gardening, and Fine Gardening. She and three other academic colleagues host The Garden Professors blog, through which they educate and entertain an international audience.

To learn more about Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, visit https://puyallup.wsu.edu/lcs