Classes tackle weeds and taxes

April is upon us, which means that it won’t be long before we get nicer temperatures and we are able to get busy in our yards, gardens and crop fields.

I am hoping we get a nice gradual warm-up. After last year’s roller coaster of spring weather, we need a more normal spring.

Today, I would like to share details about an oil and gas tax webinar that will be held tomorrow and provide details on a lawn care workshop planned for next week.

Ohio State University Extension will hold a webinar to help Ohio landowners learn the financial and tax implications of oil and gas leases. The webinar will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday. And yours truly will be the guest speaker for this program.

Don’t get caught blindsided by the taxes due from signing an oil and gas lease. Learn how the Internal Revenue Service handles oil and gas payments.

Learn which payments are subject to ordinary income taxes versus capital gains, about the percentage depletion deduction, and how signing a lease may affect your CAUV status. Learn what questions to ask and receive financial planning tips for managing the potential income from these wells.

There is no preregistration required. Just log on from the comfort of your home or business. Attend the meeting by logging on to carmenconnect.osu. edu/ohioagmanager/

This will be a great chance to learn more about the changes in oil and gas taxes from the shale boom in Ohio.

Once spring hits, we will be excited to fire up the mower and start mowing our lawns. To help homeowners manage their lawns better, the Trumbull County Master Gardeners are hosting a workshop titled “Lawns and their Care” from 10 a.m. to noon April 18 at the Trumbull County Extension, 520 W. Main St., Cortland.

If my lawn is green, is it good? How do I tell what type of grasses I have in my lawn? How do I control the weeds in my yard? How do I know if my lawn needs fertilized? Should I water my lawn during a dry summer? What is the proper mowing height to use? How can I renovate my lawn?

If you have ever asked one of these questions, then you will want to schedule time to attend this workshop.

During this class, participants will learn about turf species best suited for northeast Ohio and proper fertility and watering regimes. Participants will also learn more about the major turf weeds, insects and diseases to be aware in northeast Ohio.

Participants are encouraged to dig out 6-inch-by-6-inch turf weed sample to bring to the class for identification. Place these samples in aluminum foil or plastic bags.

This class will be taught by Chuck Behnke, retired faculty member of the Ohio State University. Charles holds degrees in horticulture from the University of Wisconsin Madison and he worked for OSU Extension for 31 years in Cuyahoga and Lorain counties.

Mail registration and check payable to OSU Extension to OSU Extension, 520 W. Main St., Cortland 44041. Registration is limited to the first 50 registrants. First come, first served. Call 330-638-6783 for more details. A registration flyer can also be found at

Have a good and safe day.

David Marrison is associate professor and extension educator, agriculture and natural resources, Ohio State University Extension. Marrison can be reached at 440-576-9008 or