Central Florida Landscapes ENEWS

September 2016

In This Issue...
Landscape U - Diagnosing Problems
Licensing Requirements for Mosquito Control Services
UF /IFAS Professor Dr. Ed Gilman Retires
Plant ID Service
Upcoming Events...
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 ...get the dirt on diagnosing problems with this series of classes for landscape & pest control professionals. 
October 18, November 16, December 13, 2016
& February 21, March 21, April 11, 2017
CEUs Available!
The Landscape U Series is back and the first class is in October. This year's classes will focus on diagnosing problems in the landscape, and there is a great line up of speakers and topics. Register, for any or all, early! 
October 18, 2016 - Introduction to Plant Problem Diagnostics
November 16, 2016 - Diagnosing Problems with Palms
December 13, 2016 - Diagnosing Abiotic and Nutrient Deficiency Problems
February , 21 2017 - Diagnosing Problems of Trees, Shrubs and Groundcovers
March 21, 2017 - Diagnosing Problems with Turfgrass
April 11, 2017 - Specialist & Industry Update

Licensing Requirements for Mosquito Control Services
FDACS Memo 8.11.2016

Mosquito control activities are divided into two groups:

* The Public Health component, which involves a governmental entity (or government contracted vendors) making widespread community or municipal arthropod control applications over a large area.
* Individuals or contractors wanting to operate on a for-hire basis that make arthropod control applications to an individual person's property or commercial properties such as hotels, resorts, etc.

Chapter 388, Florida Statutes (F.S.), strictly regulates the Public Health component, establishing districts, commissions and other governmental entities for these programs. Pest control companies contracted to perform mosquito control activities for a government agency or mosquito control district must have a Public Health (PH) license or be operating under the direct supervision of a PH license holder.

Chapter 482, Florida Statutes (F.S.), strictly regulates structural pest control activities which includes the performance of any type of pest control and the use of any pest control devices. This law refers to spraying residential and commercial properties as a part of normal business practices. A pest control business license with a certified operator holding  General Household Pest Control or Lawn and Ornamental Pest Control category is required to offer services in mosquito fogging and barrier treatment services for residential or commercial properties. To qualify for a business license for these purposes, the licensee must have at least one employee who is a Florida certified operator with a category of General Household Pest Control (GHP) or Lawn and Ornamental Pest Control (L&O).

A pest control business license is also required for the install and servicing of automated mosquito control misters in, on or under any structure, lawn, or ornamental (Section 482.071, F.S.) and the service must be performed by a certified operator with the GHP or L&O categories, or a designated ID card holder.

If there are any additional questions, please contact FDACS, Division of Agricultural Environmental Services Bureau of Licensing and Enforcement, at  (850) 617-7997.

UF /IFAS Professor Dr. Ed Gilman Retires

When Dr. Ed Gilman retired in May, there were several crowning achievements highlighting his career.

*Among his legacies, he wants to make sure trees don't snap in Florida's tropical storm-force winds. After Florida's 2004 active tropical storm season, Gilman started studying how to make sure trees don't fall over in high winds. He and his colleagues discovered fewer trees snap in strong winds if they're pruned regularly.
* The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), landscape architects and urban tree experts started sharing ideas with each other more readily.
* The Florida Chapter of the ISA has set up a fund for tree research and a license plate, the funds from which go to arboriculture research. Those tags raised $380,000. Gilman also is helping to set up a $100,000-a-year UF fund for arboriculture research.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Gilman earned his bachelor's, masters and doctoral degrees at Rutgers University. One day in his youth, Gilman saw a couple of trees being planted outside his house. He saw them eventually grow and that was it; he decided to study trees for a living. He came to UF/IFAS in 1986, based on Florida's climate. But it had more to do with how quickly trees can grow here. The faster the growth, the faster he could conduct his research.

Gilman loves to see and hear how he's changed the way people think and approach their tree issues after he gives a presentation or after he simply sits down to chat with them. Gilman's research has helped growers produce healthier, stronger trees. In particular, Ed has significantly influenced how mature trees are pruned and how nursery materials are produced.

Now, at age 62, Gilman will spend more time with family, of course, and do more woodworking, "working with dead trees instead of live trees," he deadpanned.
Read the full story here.  
Plant ID Service

For the first time in nearly three decades, the UF/IFAS Plant Identification and Information Service now has a full-time extension botanist. Marc Frank, who joined the Service on July 1, 2016, has extensive experience in identifying a wide variety of plant materials and is a specialist in providing botanical and horticultural information to a diverse clientele. For the past five years, Marc has been a botanist at the Division of Plant Industry, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The UF/IFAS Plant Identification and Information Service, which is based in the University of Florida Herbarium, has been operating since 1927. Using the Herbarium's dried plant collections and extensive library, the Service provides authoritative plant identifications and botanical information (such as nativity, current distribution, invasiveness, regulatory status, and potential toxicity) to UF/IFAS Extension and research faculty, Master Gardeners, and the general public. Identifications may be based on digital samples submitted through the Distance Diagnostic and Identification System (DDIS), photos sent by email, or physical samples sent by mail. The current sample submission form and guidelines for submitting physical plant samples for ID may be found here
More information about the University of Florida Herbarium here.                 

Upcoming Events 
Check out our NEW & IMPROVED website, http://orange.ifas.ufl.edu/cflandscapes.
2016 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, Orlando. 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
September 7 - Review & Exams Limited Certification Pesticide Exams at the UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County, Bushnell. 8:00am-4:00pm. CEUs Available!
Registration: Click here

September 15 - Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMP) at the UF/IFAS Extension Orange County, Orlando. 8:00am-4:00pm. CEUs Available!
Registration: Click here

September 23 - Florida Chapter ISA Practical Tree ID at the UF/IFAS Extension Orange County, Orlando. 8:00am-4:00pm. CEUs Available!
Registration: Click here
October 6  - Review & Exams for Ornamental/Turf and Private Ag Applicator Pesticide Licenses at the UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County, Kissimmee. 8:00am-4:00pm. CEUs Available!
Registration: Click here
October 18, November 16, December 13, 2016 & February 21, March 21, April 21, 2017 - Landscape U - Diagnosing Problems at the UF/IFAS Extension Orange County, Orlando. 8:00am-12:00pm. Take one or take them all! CEUs Available!
Registration: Click here

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Celeste White
Commercial Landscape Management
UF/IFAS  Extension  Orange County 
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