ASPEN - Outsmarting noxious weeds, pests and other common challenges of small-acreage properties can be perplexing, even for longtime residents of the Roaring Fork Valley. Such topics will be the focus of a free session in Aspen on March 5.
Area landowners are invited to join Colorado State University Extension, the USDA-NRCS, Pitkin County Public Works and Conservation Seeding and Restoration Inc. to learn some simple solutions that can go a long way.
Experts from the host agencies will help attendees with the following:
• Understand their property and plan for a healthy landscape;
• Learn treatment options for insect and diseases frequently seen in the valley;
• Choose the right plant species and walk away with basic management tips;
• Identify noxious weeds and the tools necessary for mitigating them (a pocket weed guide will be provided); and
• Network with others who manage rural property, and ask presenters questions specific to a property.
Both novice and experienced landowners can benefit from the event, according to organizers. It will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pitkin County Library, 120 N. Mill St., Aspen. To register, go to www.ext.colostate.edu/sam and look under Hot Topics., or contact John Rizza at 970-243-5068 (ext. 128) with questions.