The Magic of Mulch (Live-streamed Program)

Tue, May 18, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The comfort of your own home!

Audience: General Audience
Admission: Pay-what-you-can. 



Join Marisa Thompson, Extension Urban Horticulture Specialist for New Mexico State University (NMSU), to explore the magic of mulch at this live-streamed talk! Audience members will learn about the NMSU Plant Science Department's research on mulch and how you can harness the magic of mulch in your own yard.

Research has confirmed the benefits of fibrous, woody mulch on soil retention, weed control, soil health, and plant health in other regions. Until now, this work has not been done on the landscape scale in New Mexico. In September 2019, with funding from USDA-NIFA and input from arboriculture researchers from the University of California Cooperative Extension and Washington State University, New Mexico State University collaborators, as well as experienced landscapers, arborists, and city foresters across New Mexico, The New Mexico State University Plant Science Department started a study titled "Effects of Urban Landscape Ground Covers on Soil Moisture & Temperature, Weed Control, and Tree Establishment."

The long-range aim of this project, with additional research, is to develop recommendations for increased sustainability of landscape practices in New Mexico. Join us to explore past research findings, discuss preliminary results from our mulch study, and learn how to apply recommended practices in your own landscapes.

This is event is part of the "Growing Together" series, running April – May, organized by the Los Alamos History Museum, Los Alamos Public Library Systems, and PEEC.

About the Presenter:

As the Extension Urban Horticulture Specialist for New Mexico State University, Marisa Thompson is responsible for active Cooperative Extension and research programs supporting sustainable horticulture. In addition to studying landscape mulches for improved perennial plant root establishment and tomato-growing practices that reduce disease pressures while increasing water conservation, her research interests include abiotic plant stressors like wind, cold, heat, drought, and soil compaction. She writes a weekly gardening column, Southwest Yard & Garden, published in newspapers and magazines across the state and on her blog. Readers can access the column archives and other resources here. Find Marisa on social media @NMdesertblooms.

The NMSU Extension Plant Science Department's mission is to extend research-based knowledge and technology that will enable producers, clientele, and citizens to improve the quality of their lives and enhance the agricultural, economic, environmental, and social well-being of the state.

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Register now through PEEC's website! You will receive an email with a link to join the broadcast. We will be using the online platform called Zoom. You don't need to create an account, but you will need the free Zoom app (click here to download). The Zoom invitation will provide simple instructions for downloading the app and joining the live stream.

Admission: Pay-what-you-can. 

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