Upcoming Boca Raton class: GI-BMP Training 2013

For our South county clients, our next GI-BMP class will be held in Boca Raton on February 5th. 

To attend or learn more, see the 2013 GI-BMP Brochure .  GI-BMP training is also available online.  More information is  available on the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ website. 

Call 561.233.1759 with any questions you may have.

As a reminder to all green industry professionals ~ Beginning on January 1, 2014, all commercial fertilizer applicators will be required to hold a Limited Certification for Urban Fertilizer Applicators. The prerequisite of this license is the successful completion of the Green Industry Best Management Practices, or GI-BMP program. GI-BMPs teach safe landscaping practices that protect the environment, including our ground and surface waters. The University of Florida IFAS Florida Friendly Landscaping™ program presents GI-BMP programs throughout the state.

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Happy Holidays from UF / IFAS Palm Beach County Extension

Happy Holidays and all the Best for a Happy New Year!

 ~ from UF / IFAS Palm Beach County Extension ~

We wish you a happy holiday season and a fantastic new year.  We hope to see you soon!  Join us at an upcoming GI-BMP program  (next scheduled date is 1/9) or for the Master Landscape Management program, which begins on 1/10.

New Job opportunity in Miami-Dade County

Palm Beach green industry professionals may be interested in this opportunity with our Extension office in Miami-Dade.

The Greenfield Notebook

Do you want to work with the University of Florida (UF)  in South Florida? Do you know anyone who is perfect for this position?

Please read the job description to this very interesting position here in the beautiful Miami!

Tropical Fruit Crops Extension Agent

UF/IFAS Extension at Miami-Dade County

Homestead, FL (South Extension District)

Application deadline: 5 January 2013

Apply through the online UF application system at  Online application
Please complete an online application and attach your Resume or CV, as well as a cover letter that describes how your experience and qualifications have prepared you for this position.
You must apply online no later than 11:00 PM on the position closing date.

Good luck!

Vanessa Campoverde

 

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UF / IFAS Fort Lauderdale REC and Broward County Extension Annual Open House

FLREC and Broward County Extension will host their annual open house on January 12, 2013.  This is a great opportunity to learn about what your local branch of the University of Florida has to offer.

Learn about: degree programs offered at the center, beneficial vs. pest insects, how to keep lakes and landscapes healthy, 4-H youth programs, and more!  Also, food trucks and special events will be available.

Visit the open house website here or download the Open House Flyer here.

You can call 954.577.6300 or email flrec@ufl.edu with questions.

Tree Selection for Limited Spaces

Professionals may be called to manage properties for clients who have limited room for installing trees. Though your palette may be limited there is still the opportunity to install a tree by taking the following into consideration:

  • Be sure to match the mature size and shape of the tree to the space where it will be installed.
  • Conduct research in choosing a tree that doesn’t require pruning to reduce the size or significantly change the shape of the tree. Trimming should be limited to maintaining the health and the natural formation of the tree. This approach is also applicable to shrubs and groundcovers intended for installation.
  • Allow proper spacing for the tree’s roots to develop naturally so they do not grow into the foundation of structures, utilities, and hardscapes.
  • When deciding on shrubs and groundcovers for installation conduct research as to the mature, full size of the plant for the space where it will be installed. In tight planting areas it’s best to utilize smaller, slow growing and upright plants that position themselves better in these areas.
  • Consider using an alternative to sod in a limited planting area. This can reduce the amount of water being used and allows for the possibility of less maintenance.

Some recommended trees for small planting areas:

Dahoon Holly, East Palatka Holly, Lignum-vitae, Geiger Tree, Silver Buttonwood, Wax Myrtle, Jamaican Caper, Simpson’s Stopper, Spanish Stopper, Hibiscus, Crape Myrtle, Desert Cassia, Glaucous Cassia, Jatropha, Wax Privet and Solitaire Palms.

For information about these and other trees and shrubs trees visit: Florida-Friendly Landscaping Guide to Plant Selection & Landscape Design

GI-BMP Training 2013

As a reminder to all green industry professionals ~ Beginning on January 1, 2014, all commercial fertilizer applicators will be required to hold a Limited Certification for Urban Fertilizer Applicators.   The prerequisite of this license is the successful completion of the Green Industry Best Management Practices, or GI-BMP program.  

GI-BMPs teach safe landscaping practices that protect the environment, including our ground and surface waters.  The University of Florida IFAS Florida Friendly Landscaping™  program presents GI-BMP programs throughout the state.  

In 2013, the GI-BMP program will be offered by Palm Beach County on the following dates:

  • January 9, West Palm Beach
  • February 5, Boca Raton
  • March 15, West Palm Beach *en español
  • April 11, West Palm Beach
  • June 14, West Palm Beach *en español
  • September 4, West Palm Beach
  • October 18, West Palm Beach *en español 
  • November 5, Boca Raton
  • December 12, West Palm Beach

To attend classes or learn more, see the 2013 GI-BMP Brochure .  GI-BMP training is also available online.  More information is  available on the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ website. 

Call 561.233.1759 with any questions you may have.

One Little Change: Hedge Trimming

Pruning Hedges Straight Up and Down Causes Thinning at the Base

Prune shrubs so they are wider at the base.

Have you noticed that many hedges, as they age, tend to become sparse at the base?  Some maintenance professionals tend to prune the sides of hedges straight up and down.   Sunlight doesn’t reach the lower branches and foliage as well, which causes unsightly thinning. We recommend that you prune hedges slightly wider at the base than at the top in order to avoid this.  It doesn’t have to be a major taper, but can make a huge difference in the appearance and longevity of shrubs in the landscape.