Central Florida Landscapes ENEWS

August 2017

In This Issue...
New Orange County Fertilizer Management Ordinance
Nursery and Landscape Enterprises Support Florida Jobs
New Book: IPM for Shrubs in Southeastern US Nursery Production Volume II
Upcoming Events...
New Orange County Fertilizer Management Ordinance
Effective June 20, 2017, Orange County approved more stringent fertilizer application rules.
  • The areas of property covered by landscape plants are now also covered under this rule, in addition to the turf grass areas.
  • Application of fertilizers containing phosphorus are prohibited unless a soil test result from IFAS shows a deficiency. 
  • No fertilizer shall be applied within 15 feet of a lake, pond, stream, water course, canal or wetland.
  • Nitrogen in fertilizers must contain at least 50% slow release formulations.  By July 2020, this requirement shall increase to 65% if commercially available.
  • No more than one (1) pound of Fertilizer containing nitrogen shall be applied during an application. 
  • ALL commercial applicators (as defined in Section 15-801) shall provide proof of successful completion of the Florida Green Industries Best Management Practices certification program as provided by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).
  • Vehicles used during applications must show proof that applicator has been trained by displaying decal provided by Orange County. 
  • Any fertilizer spilled onto streets, driveways, sidewalks, etc. must be put back into labeled container or applied to turf or landscaping per the ordinance.
  • Low maintenance zones (vegetated areas that are not mowed, fertilized or maintained) 10ft wide are recommended adjacent to waterbodies.
  • Landscape businesses must provide proof of successful completion of a county-approved training program to obtain or renew an Orange County local business tax certificate.
  • There shall be no application of fertilizer containing nitrogen or phosphorus during the restricted period from June 1st through September 30th, except by commercial applicators certified pursuant to Section 15-809 or homeowners who have completed an annual educational test found on the Orange County website.
  • Broadcast spreaders must be equipped with a deflector shield to deflect fertilizer pellets away from impervious surfaces, waterbodies and buffer areas.
  • Grass clippings and/or vegetative material/debris shall not be deposited, inadvertently or intentionally, into the street, into any public right of way, stormwater drain or other water conveyance.
  • Failure to comply with the ordinance may result in penalties.
A copy of the Orange County fertilizer ordinance (Orange County Code Chapter 15 Article XVII) here.
For more information, contact the Orange County Environmental Protection Division at orangetogreen@ocfl.net.

Nursery and Landscape Enterprises Support Florida Jobs

According to a new study, nursery and landscape enterprises in Florida support jobs for more than 232,000 people. These businesses generate an annual statewide economic impact of more than $21 billion.

University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers who conducted the study also found that 60 percent of the private firms offer plants and landscaping techniques that conserve water and soil resources.

The vitality of this agricultural sector is indicated by employment growth. From 2010 to 2015, for example, nursery and landscape businesses created 28,000 jobs.

To access the report, click here  
New Book: IPM for Shrubs in Southeastern US Nursery Production Volume II
This is the third book released by the Southern Nursery Integrated Pest Management (SNIPM) Working Group and includes chapters on hydrangea, loropetalum, holly, rhododendron (including azalea), Indian hawthorn, and weed management. Each chapter covers history, culture and management of the major species and cultivars in production, as well as arthropod pest management and disease management. Within the discussion of these topics, each chapter includes strategies for developing effective IPM programs for key pests and plant pathogens, including tables of fungicides and insecticides for use with these key organisms. While developed for nursery producers, this information also may be useful to landscapers, students, arborists and others. This free book is downloadable as chapter .pdf files here.
The first book, IPM of Select Deciduous Trees in Southeastern U.S. Nursery Production, was released in May 2012 and is available for free download  as chapter .pdf files   here   and as an eBook from the iTunes Bookstore.  The second book, IPM for Shrubs in Southeastern US Nursery Production Volume I, was released in June 2014 and can also be downloaded as chapter .pdf files here  or as an eBook from the iTunes Bookstore.   
The SNIPM Working Group is a multi-disciplinary group of Extension professionals formed to more efficiently and effectively develop and deliver educational programming to the southern U.S. nursery and landscape industry.
Upcoming Events 
2017 Central Florida Pesticide Training & Testing Schedule -   Click here
First Thursday of every month at 8:30am - Commercial Pesticide Applicator License Testing at the UF/IFAS Extension Orange County. 8:30am-12:30pm. Pre-registration required. Must bring a valid picture ID and voucher. 
Obtain a voucher and register at: http://pesticideexam.ifas.ufl.edu
August 9 - Review & Exams Ornamental/Turf & Private Ag Pesticide Applicator Licenses at the UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County, Sanford. 8:00am-4:00pm. CEUs Available! 
Registration: Click here
Exam Application/Voucher Number: Click here

September 6 - Review & Exams Limited Certification Pesticide Applicator Licenses at the UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County, Busnell. 8:00am-4:00pm. CEUs Available!
Registration: Click here
Exam Application/Voucher Number: Click here

September 21 - Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMP) at the UF/IFAS Extension Orange County, Orlando. 7:45am-4:00pm. CEUs Available!
Registration: Click here

UF/IFAS Extension Orange County Classes & Events


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  Until Next Time,
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Celeste White
Commercial Landscape Management
UF/IFAS  Extension  Orange County 
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Orlando, FL 32812
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