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Master your backyard ecosystem with SDSU's free webinar

Master your backyard ecosystem with SDSU's free webinar

By Scout Nelson

Lawn and garden enthusiasts are encouraged to join "Backyard Natural Resources," a fresh four-part webinar series provided by South Dakota State University Extension. Designed as a lunch-and-learn event, the webinars will offer insight into the latest research on various topics important to creating sustainable and vibrant backyards.

"Backyard Natural Resources" will be conducted via Zoom from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MT / 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. CDT on select dates in May 2024. Participants can look forward to sessions on May 14, 16, 21, and 23.

Though free, registration is mandatory to receive the Zoom link. Interested attendees should register on the SDSU Extension Events page by searching for "backyard."

Topics and Expert Speakers:

Each session will focus on a different aspect of backyard care:

  • May 14: Anthony Bly discusses soil health in your garden.
  • May 16: Water management techniques with John McMaine.
  • May 21: Grasslands insights from Laura Kahler.
  • May 23: Biodiversity in backyards with Amanda Bachmann and Robin Buterbaugh.

"For folks who are looking to improve some of their gardening techniques, use more of the water that’s falling on your land, or for ways to improve your soil, those are things that are really bedrock to having a good garden or flowerbed,” Bachmann explained.

Bachmann and Buterbaugh's session will explore how diverse plant selections can influence local wildlife and contribute to broader ecological health. “They’re a key part of the ecosystem,” Bachmann noted, emphasizing the importance of insects in supporting bird populations and overall biodiversity.

These webinars are ideal for anyone interested in enhancing their property's natural resources, whether they're beginners or seasoned gardeners looking to expand their knowledge and practices.

Join SDSU Extension for this engaging series to transform your outdoor spaces into more productive and environmentally friendly landscapes.

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