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The 2014 Drought and Your Client's Landscape
...message from the Chapter President

What lies ahead for precipitation in California and the West is anyone’s guess, but be assured we are in a very good water available position in SoCal. Yes, I said we are in good shape when it comes to 2014 availability – but I said nothing about increased costs and political actions.... READ MORE

Discussions on Low Impact Development (LID) Bioswales and Bioretention Solutions

On March 14th, 2014, the ASLA San Diego Chapter Stewardship Committee invited design professionals, contractors, City/County agencies and students to participate in a discussion on proper design and maintenance of Bioretention Basins and Swales at the San Diego Mesa College Design Center. Speakers at this event included:

  • Jim Kuhlken - Rick Engineering
  • Garn Wallace - Wallace Labs
  • Craig Kolodge - Filtrexx
  • Mike Klaerick - Green Meadow Growers
  • Chris Cutler - Steven Smith Landscape, Inc.

The goal of the event was to create an open dialogue between multiple professions regarding the challenges we face in designing and maintaining bioretention basins and swales. During the event, there were a variety of topics discussed along with a question and answer period with many questions. The discussion showed that we need to have more events in the future to discuss these topics in greater detail.

The following PDF is an outline of each speaker's powerpoint presentation. We will be posting a video of the event in the next couple of weeks for your convenience. If you have questions about future events, please contact Tim Smith at Download PDF from event HERE (13.5 MB).

April 24: Educational Event - Color and Water Conscious Fertilizers

4:00 to 6:00 p.m. DM Color Express, 4343 Carmel Valley Rd., San Diego, CA 92130. We will be reviewing plants, pest and rodent control, and and the use of fertilizers and pesticides -- both organic and non-organic.

May 5-9: Beautification Awards Judging

Have your projects ready for the judges!

  • Be sure owners are aware the judges will be visiting
  • Remove all job signs or other materials with your company name that may be onsite
  • Be sure judges have access codes necessary to enter the property
  • Check this website on May 4 for a complete judging schedule

May 13: San Diego Chapter General Chapter Meeting

CLCA San Diego General Chapter Meeting at Coco's in Rancho Bernardo, 16759 Bernardo Center Dr. 8:45 a.m. networking and breakfast, 9:15 a.m. meeting. $5 donation for breakfast encouraged. All members welcome.

June 10: San Diego Chapter General Chapter Meeting

CLCA San Diego General Chapter Meeting at Coco's in Rancho Bernardo, 16759 Bernardo Center Dr. 8:45 a.m. networking and breakfast, 9:15 a.m. meeting. $5 donation for breakfast encouraged. All members welcome.

June 21: San Diego Chapter Beautification Awards

Join us for the 2014 Annual Beautification Awards! This year's gala event will be held at Orfila Vineyards and Winery, 13455 San Pasqual Rd., in Escondido from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Plan now to attend this exciting event. Remember, you must enter your projects by April 15. Judging will take place May 5-9. We look forward to seeing you (and your award winning projects) on June 21 at Orfilia!

Landscape Industry Certified Testing at Cuyamaca College

The CLCA will be holding the 2014 Landscape Certified Technician Test in San Diego at Cuyamaca College on April 4 (written test) and April 5 (field test). The deadline for applicants is February 28, 2014. For more information or to download the study guide, click HERE .

If you are interested in donating your time or supplies, contact Allison Weiner at 916.830.2780 or .

Click on the photo to view a
slideshow from the 2013 event.
Photos courtesy of Chris Roesink.

Rocktoberfest Rocks at KRC

There's nothing like a piping hot pizza fresh out of KRC's outdoor brick oven to compliment an ice cold beer shared with friends and colleagues. Over 80 CLCA San Diego members and their guests put this to the test on Thursday, October 27, during the chapter's annual Oktoberfest get together. With no agenda beyond socializing with other industry professionals, this get together is always well attended with members old and new appearing "out of the woodwork." This year's event was held at KRC Rock's demonstration yard, complete with a new outdoor kitchen and pizza oven. Thank you KRC Rock for hosting the event and for the great pizza, and thank you to all who came out to enjoy it!

Why Hire a Landscape Industry Certified Technician?

Hiring a landscape contractor for your property is not an easy job. An estimate alone doesn’t gauge the quality and professionalism the company can offer your community, but when a contractor is certified in the landscape industry, this speaks volumes. When looking for the best landscape contractor to do the job, consider those with “Landscape Industry Certified Technician” or the initials “CLT” on their business card... MORE

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