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Frequently Asked Questions: Understanding and Obtaining the GI-BMP Certification and Fertilizer License

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about the GI-BMP training and application for fertilizer license 

I’m not sure if I or my employee(s) passed my GI-BMP post-test.  How can I find out?

  • Visit  Click on “Palm Beach” to view all professionals who have successfully completed this training.  Note: this is not proof of Urban Fertilizer License (required of all professionals who apply fertilizer commercially as of 2014), but proof that the prerequisite was earned.
  • Additionally, you can call 561.233.1759 a minimum of 4 weeks after your GI-BMP class (if you took the class through Palm Beach County Extension), with the date you took it, and we can look it up for you.

I passed my GI-BMP post-test, but I need to request a replacement certification card.  How do I order a replacement?

My information on file with the state GI-BMP office needs to be changed.  How do I change my address?

I have my GI-BMP certificate of completion.  What do I need to do to obtain my Limited Certification for Urban Landscape Commercial Fertilizer?

What License do I Need? ~ Guidance for Seeking Green Industry Credentials

What license do I need? How can I stand out as a qualified, licensed professional? These are common questions received from individuals who want to enter or excel in the green industry in Palm Beach County.   A new county fact sheet, What License do I Need? ~ Guidance for Seeking Green Industry Credentials is now available to address questions about some of the credentials that you may want or need. A table of links that will assist in locating licensing and credential information is located at the end of this publication.




Professional Disease Management Guide for Ornamental Plants

The University has updated and re-released its Professional Disease Management Guide for Ornamental Plants.  This valuable publication was written for landscape professionals, growers, and other pest control operators as a resource for information about managing diseases in ornamental plants.

Check out this publication for information about prevention, cultural control, scouting, physical control, biological control, and chemical control.  There are four tables that summarize the commercial products available for plant disease management.  A list of websites useful in identifying and managing plant diseases is also provided.

Oak Leaf Blister

Oak Leaf Blister. Closeup view of leaf tip. Photo: UF Laura Sanagorski

INTRODUCTION ~ Oak Leaf Blister is not a disorder of great concern and is primarily aesthetic.  Oak Leaf Blister is caused by a fungus (Taphrina caerulescens).  Generally this aesthetic disorder is noticeable in the springtime – especially when we have cool, wet weather – the perfect condition for this fungus’ development.

HOSTS ~  Oak Leaf Blister affects Oak trees (Quercus spp.).

Oak Leaf Blister. Photo: UF Laura Sanagorski

SYMPTOMS / IDENTIFICATION ~ The first sign is small chlorotic (light-colored) spots on new growth of various oak species.  The spots will continue to develop into blisters.  The blisters may eventually fall out of the leaves, leaving holes behind.

Oak Leaf Blister. View from underside of leaf. Photo: UF Laura Sanagorski

LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT ~ Treatment is not particularly warranted.  If you feel the need to treat for this blister, fungicides can be helpful, but should be used prior to spring bud break.

Download a printer-friendly fact sheet here: Oak Leaf Blister

Remember, the label is the law; be sure to use products only in a manner consistent with the manufacturer directions on the labels.  Please use pesticides safely.

Virtual Field Day for Property Managers! ~ Slide Show Attached

Palm Beach County / IFAS Extension conducts a biannual field day for property managers at a multifamily property.  The informal event consists of approximately 1 1/2 hours of plant, weed, insect, disease, and nutrient deficiency identification.  Best management practices are discussed and practical recommendations made.  This slide show, which can be downloaded below, was developed to provide a virtual field day experience, mirroring the live event held in November of 2011.

Virtual Field Day Fall 2011


Whitefly Fact Sheets

As you know, ficus, rugose spiraling, and other whiteflies have become an issue in South Florida.  Each has its own favorite plants to feed and reproduce on.  In addition to the damage younger stages of these whiteflies cause by feeding on plants, they produce a sticky substance called honeydew, which can support the growth of sooty mold, and ultimately, a big mess, and unsightly plant material.

Please see the following fact sheets, brought to you by UF / IFAS Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service and the Palm Beach County Whitefly Task Force.  These fact sheets are brief, and perfect for sharing with customers and homeowners.

  1. Whiteflies In Palm Beach County: Introduction (Whitefly Task Force Fact Sheet #1)
  2. Whiteflies In Palm Beach County: Life Cycle and Biology (Whitefly Task Force Fact Sheet #2)
  3. Whiteflies In Palm Beach County: Working with Natural Enemies (Whitefly Task Force Fact Sheet #3)
  4. Whiteflies In Palm Beach County: Selecting a Pest Control Company (Whitefly Task Force Fact Sheet #4)
  5. Whiteflies In Palm Beach County: Reducing Stress on Plants (Whitefly Task Force Fact Sheet #5)

Please watch the IFAS Palm Beach County Extension: Environmental Horticulture blog and our  Palm Beach County Whitefly Taskforce webpage for updates.

Tropical Fruit in Your Garden ~ (brochure in English and Spanish attached!)

Do your customers want a tree with a tropical flair?  Maybe something edible? Sometimes the Right Plant, Right, Place principle leads us to choose fruit trees for our Florida-Friendly landscapes.

Please see the attached Tropical Fruit for Your Garden brochure for information on fruit trees that thrive in South Florida, as well as how to care for them.


Algunos de sus clientes están interesados en árboles de frutas tropicales? Quizás algo para comer? En algunas ocasiones el principio: “las plantas correctas para el sitio adecuado” nos lleva a seleccionar árboles frutales para nuestras áreas verdes.

Por favor, revise el panfleto anexo para obtener información sobre las frutas tropicales con mayor adaptación en el sur de Florida y como cuidarlas.