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MANSFIELD, Ohio - Curious about Ohio's top 10 landscape trees? Want to learn how to keep deer from eating your plants? Or learn how to fight kudzu, keep honeybees, make maple syrup, identify mushrooms, attract pollinators, and know the difference between sensible and senseless pruning?



These are just a few of the topics to be taught at Ohio State University's first-ever Tree School May 18. The program offers 20 sessions on topics that also include farm uses of wood, the right way to plant a tree, identifying Ohio's tree species and "Weird Things in Your Woods," such as the colorfully named beech aphid poop-eater.



Registration is $55 per person and includes lunch and materials. The registration deadline is Friday, May 10. Links to the session and speaker list and to online registration are at http://go.osu.edu/UqP.



Organizers say the first-time event is for anyone interested in learning more about trees, including farmers, gardeners, landscapers, woodland owners, Christmas tree growers, and bird and other wildlife lovers.



Most of the speakers will be specialists from Ohio State University Extension, which is the outreach arm of Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Also in the lineup is Mississippi State University kudzu expert Andy Londo.



The event, which is sponsored by OSU Extension's Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in Founder's Auditorium in Ovalwood Hall on the university's Mansfield campus, 1760 University Drive.



Participants in the workshop will qualify for six hours of continuing education credit under the Ohio Forest Tax Law program.



For more information, call 614-688-3421 or email ohiowoods@osu.edu.



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