C a l i f o r n i a L a n d s c a p e C o n t r a c t o r s A s s o c i a t i o n
AUGUST 2005 • Vol. 29, Issue No. 8
CLCA SFBA Golf
B B ay reeze
w w w. c l c a s f b a . o r g San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
A tradition of excellence.
Tournament Set for
This year, the annual chapter golf
tournament, scheduled for October 4th, will
be played in honor of the late Paul Shogren.
And, there will be more goodies in your
•1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes, donated by
Tractor Equipment Service, for the closest
to the pin on the 4th hole.
•A foursome package, including golf, cart
and lunch, donated by Spring Valley Golf
Course, for closest to the pin on Paul’s
special hole, number 11.
•A fantastic post game BBQ.
This year’s tournament is restricted to 92
golfers, so get your reservations and money
in to the chapter A.S.A.P. Please see the
enclosed flyer for registration details.
SFBA Chapter Family Picnic
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Picnic and Horseshoe Competition 11:00 a.m.
BBQ Lunch 12:30 p.m.
Organized Games 2 - 3 p.m.
Cuesta Park, Mountain View
(Grant Road and Cuesta Drive)
$15 per family - $5 per individual
•Annual horseshoe tournament, volleyball, children’s organized games, kickball,
ringtoss, sackrace, a playground and more.
•Finger dessert competition (children and/or adults may enter.).
•Horseshoe competition begins at 11:00 A.M. Sharp! Sign up as many teams as you
like – we need the names of all participants. If you don’t have a partner we will find
one for you!
See inside this Bay Breeze for the Reservation Form. Return your reservation early
so we can make sure that there is enough food and fun for all.
2005 SF Bay Area Chapter Contacts
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
P artners for S uccess
By John Bass, Associate Liaison
MICHAEL HERTZER (408) 371-4477 Thank you to the following companies for their support of the CLCA SFBA chapter. Please
Modern Landscaping firstname.lastname@example.org go the extra mile to thank and patronize these companies that support our chapter.
MICHELLE GASPAR (650) 592-9440 Diamond Partners
The Village Gardener email@example.com
The Urban Farmer Store • FX Luminaire • Hunter Industries • Ewing Irrigation
KEVIN BURNS (650) 992-6206
Horizon Irrigation • Pacific Sod • Delta Blue Grass • Lyngso Garden Materials Inc.
Maximum Service Landscaping Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting • Blue Sky Design Inc.
Landscape Contractors Insurance Services Inc. • Pacific Nurseries • Satake Nursery Inc.
CRAIG RAPP (408) 446-4555 Tractor Equipment Sales • Rain Bird Corporation • Grass Farm Inc.
Jensen Landscape Services firstname.lastname@example.org
JOHN BASS (866) 251-5559 Jensen Corp. Landscape Contractors • Confidence Landscape Inc.
FX Luminaire email@example.com
Maximum Service Landscaping Inc. • The Celtis Group • R.V. Cloud
LESLEY PETERS (650) 948-7260
Blue Spruce Landscape • Bobcat West • Colony Landscape and Maintenance Inc.
firstname.lastname@example.org Gachina Landscape Management
AUXILIARY VICE PRESIDENT
DIANA WHITNEY (650) 941-9677 Gold Partners
AUXILIARY VICE PRESIDENT Modern Landscaping Inc. • Coney Landscaping • SPJ Lighting Inc.
VIVIAN RAPP (408) 209-8421 United Green Mark Inc. • Boething Treeland Farms Inc. • Arborwell
TANYA SINGLEY (408) 298-7811 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show
Blue Spruce Landscape email@example.com
Achievement Awards Sponsors
BETH O’CONNOR (408) 296-1127 The Village Gardener Inc. • SPJ Lighting Inc. • Target Specialty Products
United Green Mark Inc.
STUDENT CLUB PRESIDENT
LARA JOHNSON (408) 561-9339 Garden Tour Sponsors
The Urban Farmer Store • In Bloom Garden Design • Schaub Design
BAY BREEZE EDITOR
JERRIE BEARD voice (530) 621-1701 Jolee Horne Landscape Design • California Gardens
Jerrie Beard & Associates fax (530) 621-2043
firstname.lastname@example.org Golf Sponsors
CLCA State Headquarters FX Luminaire • Ewing Irrigation • Myers Landscaping Inc.
1491 River Park Drive, Ste. 100 Student Sponsors
Sacramento CA 95815-8899 Modern Landscaping Inc. • Landmark Landscapes • The Village Gardener Inc.
(916) 830-2780 • (800) 448-2522
Blue Spruce Landscape • Maximum Service Landscaping Inc. • Girvin Peters Landscape
(916) 830-2788 Fax
email: email@example.com Confidence Landscape Inc. • Jensen Corp. Landscape Contractors • Gardenworks Inc.
Samscaping Inc. • EvLand LLC • Plant Providers • Beth O’Connor
CLCA Mission Statement
The California Landscape Contractors Association
serves the interests of its members, promotes
professionalism, and advances public awareness of
the landscape industry. 2005 CLT Training Seminar
The CLCA SFBA Chapter newsletter is published month-
Don’t miss this opportunity to prepare for the Certified Landscape Technician test.
ly. Copy and advertising deadlines are the 10th of the
month preceding publication. Please send all copy, The next test will be given October 1-2 in Sacramento. The training session will be
black & white photos, line art and ad materials to: Jerrie
Beard & Associates, 1024 Simon Dr., Ste. F, Placerville
held September 17, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Foothill College in Los Altos and feature
CA 95667. Emailed submissions are also welcome at hands on training in:
firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on advertis-
ing and rates, contact Jerrie Beard at (530) 621-1701. •Truck and Trailer •Plan Reading •Plant ID
Articles submitted are subject to approval and modifi- •Pesticides •Irrigation
cation. Chapter or Editor are not liable for misprints or Learn from industry professionals and other CLT’s in English and in Spanish. For
errors, and do not necessarily agree with opinions
expressed in byline articles. Articles may be used by more information, see the flyer in this issue or call Tony Lorocco at (408) 298-5003 or
other CLCA chapter newsletters, giving proper credit to email@example.com.
2 • August 2005 CLCA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
A Message from the President COMING SOON!
Don’t let heat take its toll Chapter Project
on Customer Relations.
Call for project applications for our CLCA-
By Mike Hertzer, Modern Landscaping Inc.
SFBA 2006 Chapter Project.
If you know of a project that you’d like
Summer is the busiest time of the year for under-nourishment, but are showing signs to have considered for the 2006 Chapter
most landscapers. We are finally over the of rust and of fungus; many homeowners Project, look for our list of criteria that
rains and able to work for more than three think fertilizer and more water will solve each project is judged by. The list will be
days in a row without being stopped. the problem, but it feeds infestations as published in next months’ edition of the
Unfortunately, the searing weather has its well. We as landscapers have a Bay Breeze. We are hoping to get a head
downsides. The topical heat has been responsibility to ensure our client’s start on the project by getting some of
affecting many aspects of our industry. I happiness with our product. This means the organizational work done early.
have recently been seeing many lawns with paying attention to the factors that
rust and fungus problems. The late rain and influence our work and providing a timely If you’ve never helped out on a Chapter
sudden heat has developed many solution to the problem. In a perfect world Project before, it is a great way to get
challenges on the jobsites, both in we would not even have the word "fungus", involved. If you’re a new member
maintenance and construction. When new but unfortunately, we all know, this world looking for a way to get to know your
plants are installed this time of year, the is not perfect. What we do have is the fellow members, this is a way to get to
leaves transpire faster than they are able to ability to relate to our client’s predicament, know people while working alongside
absorb the water from the ground; the end and offer all that is in our power. If this them providing a valuable community
result: things look parched and wilted. On simply means the phone number for a service. You’ll have super fun, learn a lot
the construction end, clients are reasonably specialist, or a radical new technique like a and feel great at the end of the day.
disgruntled when the Cornus "Eddie’s new-age healer, it is our job to explain their Consider joining us as we form our 2006
White Wonder" that they just paid options and help guide them to a decision Chapter Project committee.
hundreds of dollars for is suffering that befits their lifestyle. It may be that you
miserably in their newly landscaped yard. have a client that has money to burn and For more information, contact:
On the maintenance end, lawns are doesn’t mind replacing his or her lawn Rick Camin (650) 964-1078
particularly susceptible to the constant every month for the next six, but more than 2005 Chapter Project Co-Chair
fluctuations of the precipitation that we in likely, your client simply wants a fast, easy firstname.lastname@example.org
the Bay Area have been experiencing of solution to their less than perfect yard.
late. Their languishing appearance in- There needs to be open lines of Kevin Burns, CLT (650) 992-6206
between our weekly visits screams for communication between landscaper and 2003-04 Chapter Project Chair
attention from the homeowner. What most client. If your client knows that you are email@example.com
homeowners are unaware of is that extra willing to do everything in your power to
water does not help, except for an correct their problem, even if you don’t
occasional misting of the foliage in the early succeed, your reputation will. Candidness
mornings and evenings. A mid-day and honesty are the keys to a successful
watering will only burn things more. These relationship, especially in these trying times
lawns and plants are not suffering from of rust and fungus.
www.clcasfba.org August 2005 • 3
T he Board Meets
By Craig Rapp
President Mike Hertzer installation of native plants. Dates for this
The chapter website is active. If you have
publications, correspondence, committee
information, etc. to include on the web,
contact Jerrie Beard. Setting up a member
called the meeting to event will be forthcoming. chat room, photo archive and possibly
order at 5:30 p.m. on June 22, 2005. Membership Committee linking to the state roster were discussed.
Roll Call There are five new members for June. A Chapter Project
Mike Hertzer, Michelle Gaspar, Kevin member survey via the internet is being set A reporter from the San Jose Mercury News
Burns, Craig Rapp, Dale von Dohren, Jess up to get member response and input. wrote an article pertaining to the memorial
Running, Tom Glazener, Charlene Ott, Rick Education Committee garden installed by the SFBA Chapter. The
Camin, Mike Ruscoe, Frank Niccoli, Lara article was published on June 2nd.
Upcoming events include a First Aid
Johnson, Mark Bourne, Saleem Soomro, Jeff Archives
seminar and CLT training.
Sheehan, Girvin Peters, Leslie Peters, Scott
Partners for Success If anyone has information about the
Persson, Tom Ellington, Barry Cohen,
chapter’s history; past, present and future
Simon Parrott and Tony Larocca present. Committee is considering avenues to
and wishes to share it with the members,
increase income opportunities.
Minutes please put it on a disk and forward it to
Minutes reviewed. Motion made by Barry
Barry Cohen or the CLCA SFBA Board.
C., seconded by Tom G. to accept minutes Banquet on June 18th was a huge success.
as stated. Motion carried. We were honored with the presence of
The October 4th event is open to the first 92
CLCA President, Barbara Alvarez. Thank
Treasurer’s Report players to sign up.
you to everyone who volunteered to help
Treasurer’s Report reviewed. Motion made State Level Student Liaison
make the event one of the best ever! The
by Michelle G., seconded by Dale to
chapter received 105 entries this year. Over On the state level, the education director
approve the May 2005 Treasurer’s Report.
200 people attended the banquet. held a round table discussion with
Women’s Auxiliary community colleges to assist with solutions
New Business to declining enrollment in horticulture
The Leaf Raffle at the Awards Banquet
Plan to attend SFX. Make your reservations programs. The student clubs showing
totaled over $2,000 in donations. The
soon and pass this information to others. activity are at Foothill College and Cal Poly,
annual Pot Luck Dinner will be August 27.
Correspondence San Luis Obispo. A student club committee
The 2005 Picnic is September 11th at Cuesta
is planned to further the involvement of
The City of Palo Alto City Council met on Park. The Holiday Party will be December
students. The three main criteria necessary
June 13th to review the usage/ ban of gas 8th at The Crowne Plaza Cabana, Palo Alto.
for a successful student club are an active
powered blowers. Results of this meeting Programs Committee
educator, student and industry leader base.
were that gas blowers are prohibited for all
The next dinner meeting is October 20th. Contact Tony Larocca at Blue Spruce
residential, public and commercial areas
within 500 feet of residential and public
State Liaison Landscape to become involved.
areas. This ruling went into effect July 1, CLCA is actively involved in AB2717 with Student Club
2005. The council will review the current seven members. Land Pac was given funds A dry stack building seminar was held with
technology of equipment in one year to from the state general fund for fund raising 19 students taking part. Officer elections,
determine if it has become quiet enough. opportunities. Workers compensation and fund raisers and social events are planned
The California Plant Society is planning water issues will continue to be important when school year convenes in the fall. The
a one day seminar on the selection and items in our businesses. membership has increased to over sixty.
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W omen’s Auxiliary Report help support the CLCA. If you are
interested in joining, please give Lesley
Peters a call at 650-948-7260 or email her at
As the last month of prize of a two night stay at the Pan Pacific
The Annual Golf Tournament will be
summer, August always Hotel in San Francisco was won by Rick
held October 4th. If anyone is interested
seems to be the month to hurry up and LaMantain of Valley Crest Tree Company.
in helping with the betting hole, please
squeeze the last bit of fun into your First prize of a two night stay at the Hyatt
contact Lesley Peters at 650-948-7260.
weekends before school starts again. Regency at Incline Village, Nevada was
Make sure that one of the fun weekends won by Kevin Burns of Maximum
Landscape. The second prize Brigitte and Ernst Lehmann are
this month includes the Women’s
"Hollywood" basket was won by Andy grandparents for the 4th time. Their
Auxiliary Potluck on Saturday, August
Gagnon, a judge for this year's awards. newest grandson, Aiden Peter Deffer
27th. It will be hosted by Richard and
The third prize garden centerpiece was arrived July 6, 2005. Parents Andrea and
Cindy Singletary at their home in
won by landscape architect Kenneth Pete are doing fine. Grandparents Brigitte
Schoppet. The fourth prize $100 gift and Ernst now have two granddaughters
Next month is the SFBA Chapter
certificate for dinner at Trader Vic’s in Palo and two grandsons. Congratulations.
Picnic. This year it will be held at Cuesta
Park in Mountain View on Sunday, Alto was won by Paul Truyts of Garden Happy Birthday Wishes:
September 11th. It’s always great fun for Materials. In addition, Lani Hanker won a Frank Niccoli on August 24th.
the entire family. There is the horseshoe fountain and Linda Lyngso won a palm Upcoming Events:
competition for the adults, lots of games tree. Congratulations to the lucky
Holiday Party, Thursday, December 8th.
for the kids, and lots of food for all. winners.
Crowne Plaza Cabana, Palo Alto.
As promised last month, here is the list Check your mailbox in August for
of the raffle winners at the 32nd Annual Women’s Auxiliary Membership renewals.
Toni vonDohren, reporting
Awards Banquet held in June. Grand The Women’s Auxiliary is a great way to
Successful Residential Design/Build
Firm Seeks a Partner.
After 25 years of designing and managing the installation of
each project, David Kato, of Katoscapes Inc. is interviewing
potential business partners. Interested persons must have an
active unblemished C-27 license and several years experience
running a local landscape business with emphasis in high-
end landscape construction. David will consider merging an
existing small company with Katoscapes, Inc. to achieve the
results he’s looking for.
To pursue this opportunity, contact
PO Box 2048
Los Gatos CA 95031-2048
Lic. No. 593911
Vicki or David Kato at (408) 353-2805.
www.clcasfba.org August 2005 • 5
A Night Among the Stars themes played as each award recipient
walked to the stage were great. Back at the
By Craig Rapp special lighting, and Ilan Kutok took center microphone, Brian delighted and
stage and finished the preparations for the entertained us while the winners were
This year marked the 32nd anniversary of slide show. Nancy Ramie prepared all of accepting their prestigious accolades. The
the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter’s the banquet programs for the evening’s presentations went smoothly and quickly.
Achievement Awards. The event was held guests. Mike Hertzer played more of his John Gachina practiced his acceptance walk
on June 18, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in musical themes and Jim Everett and and Sam Whitney gave a few words on
Foster City, with a theme of “A Night Rebecca Todd put the finishing touches on stage after accepting one of his many
Among Stars”. This year the set up, the the table settings. A special thanks to awards.
actual ceremony and presentation, and the Lesley Peters who accepted the evening’s Congratulations to all of the award
after party all went off without a hitch. reservations. winners and thank you to all of the
At 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 18th, the big A Night Among Stars was ready for the contractors who entered such amazing
party began. A group of volunteers began premier showing! The cocktail hour got work. Special congratulations to Oliver
setting up the decorations organized by our started with great drinks and appetizers. A Frank of Landscapia for taking top honors
banquet designer, Jill Hertzer. Chapter special addition was the chance to be in winning the Landscape Awards
President Mike Hertzer added musical tales photographed in Hollywood, which many Sweepstakes! A special toast to everyone!
as the stage was arranged. Michelle people enjoyed. The crowd of over 200
Gaspar, Rick Camin and Girvin Peters people moved into the banquet room to The awards program is the chapter’s
prepared the "Hollywood" backdrop, and continue with more fun and food prepared biggest and most rewarding effort. But, it
the "Box of Popcorn" was assembled and by our fabulous chef. Mike Hertzer opened requires the work of many volunteers to
put in place. The awards plaques were set the evening with a warm and heart-felt make it a success and also to keep it from
out for the presentation later in the evening welcome to everyone. being a burden to those who participate on
by special guests Robert Burns and Bryan Our Master of Ceremonies, Brian the awards committee. If you would like to
Rapp. Michael was fabulous. His quick wit and help with the 2006 Awards program,
Magnificent palm trees were placed in humor had us laughing and enjoying the contact Mike Hertzer at (408) 371-4477 or
special spots with the help of Jess Running. evening to the end. Our digital slide show Craig Rapp at (408) 446-4555.
The show was almost set. John Bass added went off without a hitch. The musical
•Linda Ramsey-Edron Schneider
2005 LEAF Scholarship Winners Names Memorial Scholarship and an award from
Continuing its mission to nurture and encourage the professional goals of California’s CLCA Women’s Auxiliary.
next generation of green industry professionals, the Landscape Educational •Juan Ruelas-CLCA Women’s Auxiliary
Advancement Foundation (LEAF) has named the following students as recipients of its and Los Angeles/San Gabriel Chapter
2005 scholarship awards. Scholarships.
•Keri Running-Ron Heaviland Memorial
•Drew Babcock - The Herb Frank •John Donovan - John Redmond Memorial
Scholarship and an award from CLCA
Memorial Scholarship. Scholarship and an award from CLCA
•Keri Cush - Elizabeth Lloyd-Davis, Women’s Auxiliary.
•Devon Scarber-Bill Hayes Memorial
Robert Kaplanak Memorial and Hans •Laura Johnson-Joy and Warren Thurston
Scholarship and an award from CLCA
Biland Memorial Scholarships. Memorial, SFBA Chapter and CLCA
•Noel Day - CLCA Women’s Auxiliary Women’s Auxiliary Scholarships.
•Joey Silva-Tom Yanase and Tom Takahara
and the Long Beach Orange County •Jennifer Lara-Redwood Landscape and
Scholarships and an award from CLCA
Chapter, and Tom Matsuoka Memorial CLCA Women’s Auxiliary Scholarships.
Scholarships. •Alexander Lehman-John Lyngso
•Patricia Stanifer-Ken Jenner Memorial
•Kathryn DeClercq - Awards from the San Memorial and Ben Slade Memorial
Scholarship and an award from CLCA
Francisco Bay Area East and Sacramento Scholarships and an award from CLCA
chapters and CLCA Women’s Auxiliary. Women’s Auxiliary.
•Peter Zendejas-Hi Kellogg Memorial and
•Lauren Derry - CLCA Women’s Auxiliary •Angelic Rael-Awards from the Associate
Jere Driscoll Memorial Scholarships and
and Sigrid Raeth Memorial Scholarships. Member Organization, San Fernando
an award from CLCA Women’s Auxiliary.
Valley and CLCA Women’s Auxiliary.
6 • August 2005 CLCA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
Unlicensed Operators! performing the work but not the person
hiring him. Perhaps it is against the law, but
Are they really a problem? is it an offense that carries any real
consequence? If the CSLB has limited
By Kevin Burns
resources, how might I help to present a
In last months’ edition of The Cutting Edge I the target, however, given my geographic solution? To answer questions such as these
read "Nearly Three Dozen Unlicensed location (northern S.F. peninsula) there is is the purpose of our Task Force.
Operators Stung With Help Of CLCA quite a lot of competition already for the It was suggested at our meeting that our
Chapter" which described the two-day sting larger jobs. When the economy suffers, a Task Force might work to get on the agenda
operation that was recently conducted by $50,000 job can sometimes be considered a at local city council meetings and inform
the California State License Board with the big job. I imagine the same is true for the many Boards of Directors of the cities in
assistance of CLCA’s San Luis Obispo contractors who operate outside of the which we work of the risks that unlicensed
Chapter. Good for them! It got me thinking larger metropolitan areas. operators pose to their citizens. If they
about how many CLCA member After the conversation at our board perceive this to be a problem, perhaps
contractors are affected by the seeming meeting, we decided to form a local Task they’ll consider more stringent enforcement
escalation of work being performed by Force to investigate the problem and put through their permitting agencies.
these unlicensed operators. together suggestions for possible solutions. Have you ever lost work to an
I wondered if I perceived the problem to In my opinion, I believe that perhaps no unlicensed operator? Does this problem
be escalating only because of my recent one program can be very effective without affect you? Check out the state website at
experiences with losing work which I others in place working hand in hand. I http://www.clca.org/clca/about/unlic_con
suspect has been awarded to the really like the idea of Operation Helping tractors.php which discusses "Making
unlicensed. I realized any answer I came up Hand but wonder how many people truly Illegal Operators Disappear". If this article
with on my own would only be a guess. I make use of it. If the unlicensed can has stirred your interest, perhaps you have
decided to bring up the topic at our last proceed without penalty, why bother questions, comments or suggestions you’d
CLCA board meeting. This prompted a getting licensed? like to offer. Perhaps you’d like to join our
quick discussion about the problem, and So, are these unlicensed operators really Task Force and help us to keep vigilant in
the multitude of problems inherent in a problem? We’ve all heard the question: bringing a solution to this problem. Your
creating a solution. This is a problem that When a tree falls in the forest does it make participation would be greatly appreciated.
CLCA has been dealing with since its a sound? The question, of course, refers to You can contact the Task Force by email at:
inception. our perception. If I didn’t hear it, if it didn’t TaskForce@clcasfba.org. Working together,
The pieces of the puzzle that make up affect me, did it really make a sound? we can make a difference that will benefit
the solution range from very positive I imagine that many unlicensed us all. One thing is clear, if I want action,
attitudes directed at helping these operators don’t claim their income, which I’ve got to take action. Are you with me?
individuals become licensed (such as means that they don’t pay any of the taxes
CLCA’s Operation Helping Hand which that I have to pay. I also imagine that many
was spearheaded by our own Jeff Sheehan) of them don’t carry Liability or Workers’
to very negative attitudes that include Compensation Insurance, a hefty bill that
vigilantism. I don’t know that there can I’m required to pay. Many pay their
ever be a perfect remedy, but it seems to me employees under the table, which means
that the problem currently has no lasting that there is no payroll burden. I wonder
solution. This may be because the people how that affects my insurance rates. How
most affected by the problem get tired of about medical coverage for employees? I’ve
keeping up the vigil and fighting what personally heard of many instances where
seems to be a losing battle. unlicensed operators either did terrible
Rusty Browning • 800 acres in northern and
It has been suggested that by building work or left projects unfinished. How do Sales Representative
my company up to handle only larger you suppose this affects our industry as a 8501 Calaveras Road • 15 gallon thru 72” box inventory
Sunol, CA 94586 • Certified arborists on staff
projects, jobs that the unlicensed don’t dare whole? I wonder why it is that contracting phone 925.862.2485 • Mature specimen trees and palms
bid on, would limit my exposure to this to build work over $500.00 without having fax 925.862.2935 • Large inventory on hand
• Tree relocation and preservation
problem. I understand the idea of moving a license is against the law for the person www.vctree.com
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recommendations from the task force about
Water Budgets and Tiered Rates...They’re Coming
discouraging its use. Instead, I believe there
By Warren S. Gorowitz, Ewing Irrigation Products, CLCA Director Water Resources
will be much weight placed on the water
As many of you know, I have been selected the revision of AB 325. budget and irrigation efficiency.
as the Vice-Chair of the Irrigation Work Much emphasis has been placed on the We still have several more months to
Group. The main goal of this group is to feasibility of incorporating various discuss how these recommendations will be
promote water conservation. To that end, Conservation Rate Structures. A shaped. I really encourage you to continue
we are reviewing the Model Ordinance for conservation rate structure requires the to monitor the CUWCC’s website
Landscape and Water Efficiency (AB 325) to water district to develop a water budget for (www.cuwcc.org - click on AB2717) where
determine what updates need to be made. each site based on the square footage of information is provided and input is
There was recently a meeting that dealt irrigated landscape. These rate structures encouraged. What comes out of these
with Training and Certification where many reward sites that use less water and punish meetings and recommendations will change
problems and solutions were evaluated. The sites that use more water than their the way landscaping is done in California
challenge for our group is to determine how budgeted amount. The rates are tiered and eventually in other states. I also suggest
to better educate those involved in similarly to the electricity rates. Money you think about how your company can
installing and maintaining irrigation. The received from those that go over their become better educated in water
ideas that were discussed ranged from budget is put back into conservation. On management because that too will be an
creating a separate license for irrigation to the surface, it seems like the natural way to important focus of the future.
requiring certification for everyone help encourage water conservation, but Rest assured, your interests are being
responsible in dealing with irrigation. much is required to make it work properly. well represented by myself and others from
Before you get too alarmed, keep in mind For instance, water districts must change CLCA. That's another benefit of being a
these discussions are only preliminary. We their billing system to accommodate this. CLCA member!
do not intend to recommend more Who’s going to pay for these changes?
regulations and restrictions. However, in The other work groups have been
order to further the cause of conservation, discussing plants and their relationship to
Not a Member Yet?
changes must be made. water conservation. These groups are
CLCA membership has any number
It was encouraging to hear many times trying hard to shy away from plant lists and
of advantages. From the insurance, to
in our meeting that CLCA serves as the plant requirements, thanks to the help of
the educational programs, to the
voice of the landscape contractors in several of our members, including our
networking opportunities, CLCA
California. It was even discussed how Legislative Director, Bob Wade. There is
members will tell you that their
CLCA can help promote education and emphasis on the usage of California
training to contractors. The CLT Program Friendly plants that are native and use less
involvement with the association is
was also mentioned as a tool for training. water. As always, there is a lot of discussion invaluable.
We then looked at the Irrigation about turfgrass and its proper use. For more information or to join,
Association’s Certification Programs as a Turfgrass seems to be an easy target but visit www.clca.org or call tollfree at
possible tool that could be incorporated into don’t expect there to be any final (800) 448-2522.
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turf varieties: durability, appearance and
The NFL on Artificial Turf low maintenance. Time will tell how well
By Erin Gil, Production Manager, Grass Farm and where they fit in our landscapes. For
With all of the talk about the new There have been many who have tried to the past four years, we’ve been selling kits
advancements in artificial turf, as a supplier replace turf. And as a grower, we wouldn’t for artificial putting greens. That’s
or contractor, there are some interesting have any problem providing any alternative definitely a place the average homeowner
things you should know when making that that presents itself as a good quality needs to be, if they desire to ‘putt’ around
recommendation to a client. solution. We always have an inquiry as to their yard.
Being a turf grower, one might pass this the name of the grass variety which doesn’t In a recent 2004 opinion survey of the
article off as one who is just trying to need water, mowing, sunlight, tolerates NFLPA (National Football League Players
protect his own interest. Though our family high traffic and was recommended by a Association), players were asked, "Which
has now produced cool season grasses for leading horticulturist somewhere in the surface do you think is more likely to
the past 36 years, we have looked at many world. shorten your career?" See the box at lower
alternatives to what we perceive as a Sure sounds like ‘Astroturf’ to me. I, for left for their responses.
remarkable ground cover: Turfgrass. one, see the benefits of the new artificial For us in the Turf business, the results of
the survey seem self evident. For those
Which surface do you think is more likely to shorten your career? outside our industry, they should make you
Club Real Grass Artificial Turf Neither think. Although the NFLPA survey has
Arizona Cardinals 0.0% 87.8% 12.2% only one part released to the association
Atlanta Falcons 0.0.% 82.4% 17.6% ‘Turfgrass Producers International,’ it is
Baltimore Ravens 0.0% 83.0% 17.0% eye-opening. As professionals, we must
Buffalo Bills 1.8% 89.3% 8.9% remember to review all of the aspects when
Carolina Panthers 0.0% 86.3% 13.7% using and recommending products.
Chicago Bears 0.0% 88.9% 11.1% Erin Gil is the Production Manager for Grass
Cincinnati Bengals 2.0% 72.0% 26.0% Farm, 602 Palm Ave., Morgan Hill, CA 95037.
Cleveland Browns 0.0% 79.7% 20.3% Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dallas Cowboys 0.0% 82.5% 17.5% or call 408/463-0500.
Denver Broncos 0.0% 80.0% 20.0%
Detroit Lions 0.0% 80.4% 19.6%
Green Bay Packers 0.0% 89.7% 10.3%
Houston Texans 0.0% 96.2% 3.8%
Indianapolis Colts 0.0% 89.7% 10.3%
Jacksonville Jaguars 0.0% 92.5% 7.5%
Kansas City Chiefs 0.0% 92.9% 7.1%
Miami Dolphins 0.0% 92.1% 7.9%
Minnesota Vikings 3.8% 78.8% 17.3%
New England Patriots 1.8% 91.1% 7.1%
New Orleans Saints 0.0% 88.4% 11.6%
New York Giants 0.0% 76.1% 23.9%
New York Jets 0.0% 84.4% 15.6%
Oakland Raiders 0.0% 82.9% 17.1%
Philadelphia Eagles 0.0% 87.8% 12.2%
Pittsburgh Steelers 1.9% 84.6% 13.5%
St. Louis Rams 2.1% 83.3% 14.6%
San Diego Chargers 0.0% 93.2% 6.8%
San Francisco 49ers 0.0% 86.7% 13.3%
Seattle Seahawks 0.0% 83.7% 16.3%
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2.6% 84.6% 12.8%
Tennessee Titans 2.1% 87.2% 10.6
Washington Redskins 0.0% 90.0% 10.0%
Average .57 % 84.95% 13.55%
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Stop and time. For many, that just means we add
more stuff to our to do lists. But, does doing
laundry, soccer games, volunteering, bill
paying, and working.
Smell the Roses more make the roses smell any sweeter? Do
we even remember what a rose smells like?!
The Jaie H. Wallace Memorial
Scholarship will be created to provide hope,
by Jerrie Beard, Bay Breeze Editor
Many of you may have already read of the One of these days I will come to the end inspiration, and financial support to those
passing of Jaie Hiromi Wallace, wife of Ed of my to do list of life. Hopefully it will be students who show the drive and deter-
Wallace, CLCA Communications Director. later rather than sooner. But, when I get mination shown by Jaie throughout her
Jaie battled a rare form of genetic cancer for there, I hope that I have crossed off a lot short but exciting life. Contributions to the
the past 52 years of her life. I also learned of more lattes on the porch and hours playing Jaie H. Wallace Memorial Scholarship may
the passing of a friend of mine last week with my son and a few less committee be sent to LEAF, c/o CLCA, 1491 River
from stomach cancer. She was only a couple meetings, yard work, special projects, Park Drive, #100, Sacramento CA 95815.
of years older than me, which has really
made me stop and think.
I am a very task oriented person. I have
to do lists of my to do lists. I just love to
cross things off my list, but more often than
not, I add three things for every one that I
cross off. In all this to do-ing, I find myself
forgetting to stop and enjoy the simple
pleasures in life.
Everyday I drive by a Starbucks that has
an outdoor seating area. I often say, “Gee, I
wish I had time to just sit there, enjoy a
latte and watch the people go by.” I told
someone that recently and they said,
“What’s stopping you?” My to do list.
I “in-a-minute” my son for hours.
“Mommy, look at this!” In a minute when I
finish the dishes. “Mommy, play with me!”
In a minute when I finish the laundry.
“Mommy, I’m going to do a swan dive off
the deck!” In a minute... hey, wait a minute!
All those minutes are adding up to precious
hours that I will never be able to recapture.
Maybe it’s time to chuck the to do list.
Maybe it’s time to start prioritizing,
delegating or just eliminating some of the
“noise”. It seems that all our modern
technology, has made our lives more hectic
instead of less. Now we can do more in less
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14 • August 2005 CLCA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
by Frank Nicolli not plant an Acer circinatum instead. It is
First off, I want to thank Fran Adams for resistant to Verticillium. Another
her work in starting this column and for wonderful shrub that needs to be planted
writing 41 articles for this newsletter. I more often is Myrica californica.
had the distinct honor to co-teach And don’t forget the bulbs. Brodiaea,
California Natives at Foothill College this Dichelostemma and Triteleia are among
past spring with Fran, and it was a the easiest and most versatile bulbs to
wonderful experience. Her design skills grow. They do very well in a mixed
coupled with her knowledge of natives border of native and Mediterranean
provided a unique learning experience plants. Alliums represent over 50 species
for that class. I look forward to working of native bulbs for rocky areas. Clochortus
with her again. In her honor I want to superbus not only love the sun, but they
write my first Green Tips column about require summer drought. Plant them in
natives. and among native grasses, wildflowers,
I find it incredible that most people in or in front of shrubs. Erythroniums add a
our industry know more about special touch to native gardens. This bulb
introduced species of plant material than is planted in the foreground part of your
they do about natives. We have garden and should be planted in groups.
opportunities to use plants that are Look for opportunities to use
efficient water users, love this climate California natives in your gardens. All it
and are beautiful and we chose not to use takes is a few minutes of your time to
them. Let’s take a non-native and replace look up a replacement plant for that
it with a native. While an Acer palmatum introduced species. The natives will add
is a wonderful tree in the right location, it spice to your plantings, reduce water use
is susceptible to Verticillium wilt. Why and you will have learned a new plant.
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