The Edmond Sun


February 4, 2014

Free horticulture seminars at OSU Extension

OKLA. CITY — Anyone can beautify their homes with a lush, green lawn with a little work and know-how. For advice on how to maintain an immaculate lawn, plan on attended the upcoming “Lawn Management” seminar 1:30-3 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Oklahoma County OSU Extension Service, 930 N. Portland, in Oklahoma City.

“A nice lawn starts with understanding what’s in your soil and what needs to be added to it,” stated Ray Ridlen, horticulture educator for the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service. “It is also important to know what kind of grasses do well in what kinds of areas.”

Ridlen and the Oklahoma County Master Gardeners, who man their gardening hotline from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, suggest that homeowners begin with a soil sample.

“We encourage anyone who wants to improve their lawn to start with getting a soil sample, so one of the things we do in this seminar is to explain how this is done,” Ridlen explained. “A sample can tell us the nutrient levels in the soil and how much, if any nutrients need to be added.”

Homeowners who would like to bring a soil sample to the OSU Extension Service are encouraged to visit their website at, click on the Horticulture link, then the Soil Sample link. This will provide you steps in obtaining a viable soil sample.

As part of the Oklahoma County Master Gardeners continuing outreach program, they will present a “Third Thursday,” gardening seminar every month throughout the coming year. “Basic Landscape Design” will be from 6-7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the OSU Extension Service.

March’s topic will be “Edible Raised Beds,” while “Vertical Gardening” will be the focus for the April Third Thursday workshop.

All horticulture seminars and workshops are offered free to the public.

FOR A complete schedule of horticulture classes, access the Oklahoma County website at

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