If you turned your irrigation on during the recent "dry" spell, be sure to turn the controller off.
Be sure to check the moisture of you soil before you turn your irrigation back on. With the lower night time, and even daytime, temperatures most landscapes will be able to go a week or two without watering. However, do check your container plants as those can dry out quicker./span>
Check out the useful tips and tricks about how to prevent runoff pollution, learn about our local watersheds and ways to keep them clean, and much more at h2oc.org.
DPR license and certificate holders: Renew early! Get those last-minute hours with help from UC IPM
—Cheryl Reynolds, UC Statewide IPM Program
Learn about opportunities to receive continuing education hours. October is upon us and before you know it, we'll be wrapped up in the busy holiday season. If you hold a license or certificate from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and have a last name that begins with letters A through L, this is your year to renew. DPR encourages license and certificate holders to avoid the end-of-the-year rush and submit renewal applications by November 1.
Early renewal has its advantages. DPR can take up to 60 days to process a renewal application. Submitting applications now not only avoids late fees and gives you time to fix any problems that DPR may find, such as not having enough continuing education (CE) hours to renew, but also ensures that you will have your new certificate or license by the first of the year.
Without a renewed license in hand, you are not allowed to use or supervise the use of pesticides after January 1, 2019 until you receive it. You also run the risk of having to retest if there are problems with the renewal application and not enough time to fix them.
If you need a few last-minute credits, take a look at the online courses the UC Statewide IPM Program (UC IPM) offers:
Laws and Regulations
- Proper Selection, Use, and Removal of Personal Protective Equipment (1.5 hours) $30.00 charge NEW for 2018
- Proper Pesticide Use to Avoid Illegal Residues (2 hours) $40.00 charge
- Providing Integrated Pest Management Services in Schools and Child Care Settings (1 hour Laws and Regulations and 1 hour Other)
- Citrus IPM: California Red Scale (1 hour)
- Citrus IPM: Citricola Scale (1 hour)
- Citrus IPM: Citrus Peelminer (1 hour)
- Citrus IPM: Citrus Red Mite (1 hour)
- Citrus IPM: Cottony Cushion Scale (1 hour)
- Citrus IPM: Forktailed Bush Katydid (1 hour)
- Pesticide Application Equipment and Calibration (1.5 hours)
- Pesticide Resistance (2 hours)
- Tuta absoluta: A Threat to California Tomatoes (1 hour)
- Urban Pesticide Runoff and Mitigation: IPM – Pesticide Properties (1 hour)
- Urban Pesticide Runoff and Mitigation: Impact of Pesticides - Urban Pesticide Runoff (1 hour)
- Urban Pesticide Runoff and Mitigation: Water Quality and Mitigation: Bifenthrin and Fipronil (1 hour)
- Urban Pesticide Runoff and Mitigation: Herbicides and Water Quality (1 hour)
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is also offering monthly webinars on specific pest issues for CEUs. More information can be found on the UC Ag Experts Talk website.
Check out the list of DPR-approved continuing education courses. For more information about license renewal, visit DPR's licensing and certification webpage.
Learn about pest management and other training opportunities from UC IPM.
No plans scheduled for the weekend? Come check out the UC ANR 10th Annual Urban Landscape and Garden Education Expo - fun for everyone!
Activities for the Whole Family!
Explore the sustainable gardening practices at work in the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Demonstration Landscapes - including rainwater harvesting, low-water plantings, more efficient irrigation, composting, mulching and environmentally friendly pest control alternatives. Docent-led tours will be offered throughout this event.
Taste fresh, seasonal fruit grown at the University of California ANR South Coast Research & Extension Center. Learn food preservation methods from UC Cooperative Extension Master Food Preservers of Orange County
Kids – check out the youth garden for games and activities and be sure to stop by for a picture at the Urban Chicken booth or do a craft and meet some furry friends at the 4-H Youth Development Program booth.
View a demonstration on butterflies, garden tool care, self-watering containers, or food preservation.
Get answers to your landscape questions from University of California experts, UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Orange County, various industry exhibitors and local water agencies. The ever popular “Doctors Are In” will be available throughout this event to answer any of your landscape, irrigation, and pest management questions.
Grab a burger or hot dog, maybe a fresh-made doughnut or snow cone, in support of the 4-H Teen Council.
Succulents and other plants available for sale – cash or checks only.
This is a FREE event hosted by University of California ANR South Coast Research & Extension Center, Cooperative Extension – Orange County, with support from Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Irvine Ranch Water District, Mountain States Wholesale Nursery, Elevations, Filtrexx, and County of Orange Public Education Stormwater Program.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
9 am to 2 pm
7601 Irvine Blvd., Irvine, CA
Directions, updates and additional details at: www.ucanr.edu/sites/urbanwatermgmt