Archive for August, 2012

Don’t Forget to Register! Right Tree, Right Place Seminar: September 25th

Don’t forget to register!! On September 25th, UF / IFAS Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension and the Florida Urban Forestry Council will present a Right Tree, Right Place Seminar.  This workshop will apply the Florida-Friendly Landscaping principle of Right Plant, Right Place to trees in the urban environment.

Right Tree, Right Place?

Topics Include:

  • Right Tree, Right Place: Using Florida-Friendly Landscaping Principles to Understand the Planting Site
  • Planting Trees in an Urban Area – Knowing Your Landscape and Tree Codes
  • Power Lines and Tree Planting
  • Tree Selection for South Florida
  • Mounts Botanical Gardens Tour

Lunch will be provided and CEUs have been approved for ISA, FNGLA, and LIAF.  Download the Right Tree Right Place Seminar brochure for more details and to register!!

Palm Management in the Florida Landscape: November 8-9, 2012

Horticultural professionals can benefit greatly from “Palm School”.   This is a truly valuable educational opportunity.  I highly recommend it for all green industry professionals who manage palms in the landscape.  This class fills up quickly, so sign up early if you’re interested.

Date:  November 8-9, 2012 (2 days – Thursday and Friday)

Time:  7:45 AM – 5:00 PM each day

Location:   University of Florida – IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center

Reservations/Payment:  $300 by October 26, 2012 (or until class fills up)

CEUs requested:  ISA, FNGLA and FDACS (pesticide license)

CEUs for LA license approved (14.5):  Provider Number 0004406

Classroom and Field Topics: Ÿ Diagnosing Palm Problems, Palm Insects, Palm Anatomy and Growth,  Palm Diseases,  Physiological Disorders,  Normal Abnormalities, Nutrient Deficiencies,  Fertilizer Formulations, Sampling and Leaf Analysis,  Fertilizer Application Techniques,  Transplant Issues,  Pruning Palms

For more information and to reserve your spot for “Palm School”, download the brochure (Palm Management Training – Nov2012) or contact: Dr. Monica Elliott ; phone:  954/577-6315

Job Opening: Urban Forestry Program Assistant

Palm Beach County is hiring for a part-time urban forestry program assistant.  This is a grant-funded position that involves developing and assisting with urban forestry educational programs.  Interested individuals can visit the county’s job openings website. Please share this announcement with individuals who may be interested!

August Educational Opportunities and 8/8 LCLM Class Rescheduled

There are some great educational programs for green-industry professionals here at UF / IFAS Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension in August!  Take a break from the heat and enjoy a cool, air-conditioned CEU opportunity!!

  • Monday evening, August 20th, we have an urban forestry class on Hazardous Tree Assessment.  We’ll go through some case studies and use the ISA Tree Hazard Evaluation Assessment procedure. <Brochure Here: Urban Forestry>
  • If you are planning to attend the August 8th Limited Commercial Landscape Management Course (LCLM), please be advised that it has been rescheduled to August 14th. 
  • The UF / IFAS CEU Day is Tuesday, August 21st.   UF / IFAS CEU Day This is a great opportunity for catching up on CEUs!

Washing Leaves to Manage Spiraling Whitefly

Washing of plant leaves is one of our recommendations for managing the rugose spiraling whitefly.  This seems almost too easy, but I urge green industry professionals to not discount this technique.  Washing of plant leaves can be effective and appropriate:

  • On small-scale whitefly infestations
  • For early stages of infestation
  • When infected plants are accesible
  • When pesticide usage is not practical or desireable
  • In conjunction with pesticides

Washing of plant leaves may not be a one-time solution to pest problems, but it can be a highly effective method for removing a significant amount of whiteflies.  The images below are an example of whitefly removal from a white bird of paradise with water alone.  If deemed appropriate, this method could be followed-up with horticultural soap or oil; or a systemic insecticide from the neonicotinoid family.

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Remember to scout landscapes frequently so that pest problems can be identified and monitored.  Please refer to Dr. Catharine Mannion’s Rugose Spiraling Whitefly EDIS publication for further management recommendations.