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The Professional's Guide to Sustainable Landscaping

Resources to help you:

  • Use water conservatively
  • Build and maintain soil health
  • Eliminate non-storm run-off to storm drains
  • Use plants appropriate for their space, use, and climate
  • Minimize green waste to the landfill
  • Provide food and shelter for beneficial wildlife
  • Minimize chemical fertilizers and pesticides in the environment through INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT


Course for professional maintenance gardeners

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Learn practices that will help you improve the health of landscapes, conserve natural resources, and provide a tool to market yourself as a Green Gardener!

For more information and training presentationbs visit: Green Gardener Northern California


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UCCE Master Gardeners of San Joaquin County

UC Delivers
  • Ornamental plant producers acquire new markets

    Ornamental plant producers that want to increase trade with Central and South America face many challenges, including the need to develop pest risk assessments (PRAs) for their products. PRAs can be rather complicated, and the PRA process involves numerous reviews by the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Additionally, PRAs are sometimes deemed unacceptable by the receiving country, due to the high level of expertise in pest management required to meet the requirements of the document. The PRA can thus present a hurdle, delaying trade and, hence, potential profitability for aspiring growers and exporters. Part of the UCCE mission is to assist California growers with sustainability and profitability, and we are also the experts when it comes to pest management and pest risk. The following case set useful precedents for trade in ornamental plants with Guatemala.