Upcoming QWEL Training

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Differentiate your bids and your work with QWEL-trained account managers, irrigation techs and landscape maintenance teams. Final spring Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) courses begin in two weeks. Be sure to get the advantage while the training is still free.


  • Nearly 600 San Diego area landscape pros (senior managers to groundskeepers) have attended QWEL training.
  • More than 64% say its “excellent”.
  • 370 have earned a QWEL certificate. (Your team can be in the first 500.)
  • CEUs: QWEL meets industry continuing education requirements!

Trusted priority

Ask management at more than 130 local contractors and organizations about the value of QWEL training and you’ll probably hear what we hear.


  • “Focus was well balanced over a wide range of topics.”
  • “Useful materials.”
  • “Learning formulas and how to calculate run times, precipitation rates, etc.”
  • “This class converted me to a water-saving consciousness.”

Register today

QWEL instructors have tremendous industry expertise and include: Chris Roesink, Hunter Industries; Gabriel Michael, Blue Watchdog Conservation; Carlos Michelon, San Diego County Water Authority; Steven Sherman, ASLA, California Landscape Technologies; Jaime Bayona, Smart Irrigation Consulting (member of the Ewing Irrigation Education team); and Megan Allison, ASLA, MiraCosta College Horticulture Department.

May 2 – 23: San Diego (ENGLISH)

Training includes 4 sessions. Lunch is provided May 2, 9 and 16.
Tue. May 2: 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Tue. May 9: 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Tue. May 16: 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Tue. May 23: 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Girl Scouts, 1231 Upas St, San Diego, CA 92103
REGISTER

May 10 – 31: Encinitas (ENGLISH)


Training includes 4 sessions. Lunch is provided May 10, 17 and 24.
Wed. May 10: 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Wed. May 17: 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Wed. May 24: 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Wed. May 31: 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Leichtag Foundation, 441 Saxony Road, Encinitas, CA 92024
REGISTER

SPANISH Training


Tuesday? Wednesday? Saturday? Four hours or five per day? We need your input to determine one final spring schedule. Register your preferences.

WaterSense recognized program

QWEL professional training is a proactive local approach to reducing landscape water use. Soils, irrigation system programming, troubleshooting, plant selection, water budgets, and water management are among the subjects included. Certificate requirements include an irrigation system audit exercise and an exam.

Upon meeting field audit and exam requirements, graduates choose whether to be included in the WaterSense Directory of Certified Professionals for Irrigation Audits.

Learn more

The 20-hour QWEL training was brought to our region by the San Diego County Water Authority and its 24 member agencies.


  • Visit qwel.watersmartsd.org and qwel.net.
  • Contact us! WSA Marketing leads the team providing QWEL training logistics, instruction, administration and communications. You can reach us at: 760.944.1509.

Village Nurseries Appoints Rick Rehm New Chief Financial Officer

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Village Nurseries Wholesale, LLC, a specialty grower for landscape professionals, today announced Rick Rehm has been named the company’s new chief financial officer, replacing Wayne Johnson, who is retiring after 16 years of service with the company.

Mr. Rehm has more than 27 years of wholesale nursery industry experience, most recently at Bank of the West (BOTW) as vice president and senior relationship manager, where, for the past 10 years, he was in charge of the Village Nurseries account based out of Corona, Calif. As a specialist commercial lending officer, he concentrated on middle market nursery/greenhouse financing, analyzing pertinent financial and credit information to ensure compliance with credit quality standards and regulatory requirements.

“Rick leads by example,” said David House, Village Nurseries president and CEO. “He’s a decisive, results-oriented leader who creates a positive environment that fosters innovation, personal investment and excellence. His intimate knowledge of the company’s financial workings will be instrumental in helping us continue to grow as one of the West’s leading wholesale nurseries.”

Prior to working at BOTW Mr. Rehm worked for Bordier’s Nursery in Irvine as their vice president of finance and CFO, where he directly supervised accounting, information, technology, credit purchasing, human resources and payroll departments. He also served as financial planning manager at West Covina, Calif.-based Eggs West/Bakers Choice and as assistant vice president and loan officer at Orange Production Credit Association of Garden Grove, Calif.

In addition, he served on the insurance advisement committee of the California Association of Nurserymen and is a committeeman on the Fresh Produce and Floral Council.

Mr. Rehm has a B.S. in Crop Science with a minor in agricultural business from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and an MBA from California State University, Long Beach. He is married with three sons and resides in Chino Hills, Calif.

Heaviland Landscape Management Reports 2016 Water Savings Numbers

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Turf removal projects save San Diego County over 14 million gallons of potable water annually

While the drought in San Diego County may be over, the recent years-long dry spell will continue to impact Southern California residents and its landscape for years to come. Heaviland Landscape Management’s 2016 commercial landscape and irrigation renovations are projected to save San Diego more than 14 million gallons of potable water annually, while reminding residents and business-owners to continue conservation efforts.

“While we are enjoying these much-needed rainy seasons, we have learned that precipitation is not guaranteed,” said Rajan Brown, vice president of resource management for Heaviland Landscape Management. “Weather conditions in our region are increasingly variable and it is important that Southern California continue to use water efficiently during wet years.”

Two categories of commercial landscaping projects contribute to the projected water savings calculations: turf removal projects and recycled water retrofit projects.

Turf removal projects, which also include installing drought tolerant plants and water-efficient irrigation, are water-savings solutions that commercial and residential properties throughout the county can implement. For 10 commercial turf removal projects in 2016, Heaviland Landscape Management helped San Diego County save an estimated 2.8 million gallons of potable water annually.

Recycled water retrofits can save significant amounts of potable water. The city of Carlsbad, Calif. is expanding its network of recycled water pipelines to utilize tertiary treated wastewater for landscape irrigation. Once a landscape irrigation system is converted to recycled water, potable water can instead be used for drinking and other beneficial purposes. By converting 596,000 square feet of irrigated area to recycled water in 2016 through retrofits, Heaviland Landscape Management is saving the county an estimated 11.3 million gallons of drinkable water annually.

“According to the California Water Board, the average San Diegan uses 59 gallons of water per day, which equals 21,535 gallons per year,” said Brown. “That means the savings accumulated from our 2016 projects would provide enough water for 654 Californians each year.”

These water savings projections are based on the State of California’s estimated water use calculations. They account for evapotranspiration, plant water needs and irrigation system uniformity, but actual consumption may vary based on weather conditions and appropriate water management.

For more information about Heaviland Landscape Management, visit www.heaviland.net or call 760-598-7065.

QWEL training tops 500

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

More than 125 local contractors and organizations have used FREE Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper professional training to increase proficiency and earn CEUs. New classes begin Mar. 21, 22, 30 (Spanish) and Apr. 4 (Spanish). Check the schedule and register today.

Participants include more than 500 individuals (senior managers to groundskeepers), who give the certificate training high ratings.

QWEL is a proactive local approach to reducing landscape water use. Soils, irrigation system programming, troubleshooting, plant selection, water budgets, and water management are among the subjects included. Certificate requirements include an irrigation system audit exercise and an exam.

WaterSense labeled program
Upon meeting field audit and exam requirements, graduates choose whether to be included in the WaterSense Directory of Certified Professionals for Irrigation Audits.

Convenient
Landscape pros can take advantage of classes in El Cajon, National City and San Diego.

Learn more
The 20-hour QWEL training was brought to our region by the San Diego County Water Authority and its 24 member agencies.

Visit qwel.watersmartsd.org and qwel.net.

Village Nurseries to Host Third Annual Horticultural Encounter

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Village Nurseries Wholesale recently announced the Third Annual Horticulture Encounter April 10-21, 2017 at their Huntington Beach Landscape Center at 10500 Garfield in Huntington Beach. The event will give landscape professionals a deeper understanding of how and where their plant offerings will thrive.

Village Nurseries also will sponsor a Guest Speaker Series that features keynote presentations from top professionals. This event is presented in conjunction with the Horticultural Encounter.

Landscape professionals will be able to tour through several plant vignettes showcasing plants best suited for today’s landscape situations:

Perfect Pairings — plants that bring out the best in each other; Dreams of Deep Shade — plants that thrive in shady areas; Animal Attraction — plants providing habitat for critters; Dry Lush Delights; Mediterranean Marvels; Succulent Sensations; and Supreme Screens.

Reservations are required for all Horticultural Encounter tours, which can include a group of associates or company teams. To schedule a tour, contact Suzie Wiest at (858) 699-0442 or email at swiest@villagenurseries.com.

Guest Speaker Series

April 12, 2017 5PM – 7:30PM
An Evening Under the Stars – Starting with “Modern Irrigation Technologies for High Performance Landscapes” followed by “”Set the Mood, Set the Scene: an FX Luminaire Lighting Experience.” Wine and cheese will be served under the stars for the evening light show.

April 13, 2017 8: 30AM – 12: 30PM
The Queen of Succulents—Dehra Lee Baldwin “Do’s and Don’ts for Succulent Landscapes:”
Ms. Baldwin will discuss commonly made mistakes, terrific yet underutilized succulents, lawn-to-succulent conversions, top designers’ signature styles, perfect plant pairings and companions worth considering. She will also have her books on hand for purchase and autographing.

MWELO Authority—Lance Sweeney — Ensuring water efficiencies in landscapes is the responsibility of the landscape design team and required by local municipalities. With 36 years of experience, Mr. Sweeney will bring his expertise on hydrozones and irrigation design to explain how to comply with today’s Water Efficient Ordinances (WELO). He will share helpful tools to design a hydrozone and irrigation plan to conserve water and get plans approved quickly.

April 18, 2017 10:30AM – 12:00PM (For Spanish-speaking Landscape Professionals)
April 20, 2017 10:30AM – 12:00PM

Nicholas Staddon “The Plantsman” — One session is all in Spanish; one on English. The success of an installation has much to do with the plants one chooses and proper installation. Learn about Village Nurseries’ new plants, as well as Kellogg Soil Products whose experts will demonstrate how to properly plant along with the right soil preparation.

April 19, 2017 8:30AM – 10:30AM
Breakfast with Bill – Bill Darlington is a soil scientist with Waypoint Analytical who has been evaluating soils and diagnosing plant health issues at landscape projects, nurseries, greenhouses, amendment suppliers and farmers for over 30 years. Join him to learn about the most important soil issues that everyone needs to know, and “the good, the bad and the ugly” of soil amendments.

RSVPs for the Guest Speaker Series are appreciated to ensure ample seating and food. To make a reservation, contact Dicksey Williams at (714) 279-3114 or email her at vevents@villagenurseries.com.

Sustainable/Organic Production in the Southern California

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

The all day seminar will focus on sustainable and organic production in Southern California. Subjects include: Update by Representative San Diego County Ag Commissioner, Biostimulants, Urban Landscape, Snail/Slug Control, Avocado Pest Management, Compost, Organic Herbicides, and Insect Management. CEUs are offered for Certified Crop Advisers (6.0 hours), licensed Department of Pesticide Regulation Professionals (4.0 hours), CCN Pro, ISA, and Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

Presented by the California Association of Pest Control Advisers, San Diego Chapter California Association of Pest Control Advisers and Organic Fertilizer Association of California.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. at the California Center for the Arts, 240 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA

Contact Steven Beckley, (916) 539-4107, sbeckley@aol.com, or register online at https://members.capca.com/event/32

Free Workshops

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Free Workshops Available to Help Contractors Do Business with the State of California

The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is encouraging licensees to consider attending free state business certification workshops next month.

The workshops, hosted by the state’s Department of General Services (DGS), are designed to help small businesses get certified so they can bid for contracts with the state of California.

The first step for contractors to get state businesses is to get certified by the state as a Small Business (SB) or Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE). State certified SB’s and DVBE’s have access to exclusive benefits, including possible bid preference and incentives with state agencies.

If your business is not certified, you can sign up for a workshop with DGS experts who will help you submit your SB or DVBE application.

The workshops will take place on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at DGS Headquarters, 707 3rd Street, West Sacramento, during the department’s 2017 Winter Business Showcase.

Register below for one of the sessions. Since seating is limited to 36, please do not sign up for both sessions.

·Session #1 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

·Session #2 – 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Gather and bring the following documents/information to the workshops:

·Applicant/Affiliate business Federal Tax Returns for three most recent tax years
·Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
·Secretary of State Number
·Home address of Officers, Members/Managers and Partners
·Dun & Bradstreet Number (if applicable)
·Contractors State License Board Number (if applicable)
·A list of keywords describing your business activities. NOTE: Limited to 255 characters; do not use periods or commas; do not repeat words.

Arrive early for two other presentations during DGS’s Winter Business Showcase:

·10:00 am – How to Identify and Respond to Request for Proposals (RFPs)
·11:00 am – How to Market to State Government

To learn more about certification workshops, contact:
Wayne Gross, DGS Certification & Outreach Liaison
Wayne.Gross@dgs.ca.gov
(916) 375-4339

To learn more about the 2017 Winter Business Showcase, contact:
Tanya Little, DGS Business Development Program
BusinessDevelopment@dgs.ca.gov
(916) 375-4936
Website: http://www.bd.dgs.ca.gov

Keystone Seminar

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Presented by Keystone Retaining Wall Systems LLc
CONTRACTOR
By: Steve Klotz, Region Manager
Thursday, February 16, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This seminar covers the following:
•The Keystone System
•Introduction to new face and color options
•Installation guidelines
•Applications

ENGINEERING
By: Dan Tix, P.E., Engineered Structures Technical Manager
Thursday, February 16, 2017
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Explore unique applications with structural segmental retaining walls.
•Segmental Retaining Wall Design requirements in low impact development applications
•Bio-retention/Bio-swale areas
•Vegetated swales
•Permeable pavement parking lots with segmental retaining wall support
•Specialty applications using segmental retaining walls

Both seminars will be held at the Ramada Hotel, 5550 Kearny Mesa Rd., San Diego. $20 seminar fee for 1 or both sessions.

To register, contact Craig Finch at

New QWEL Trainings Available

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

You can launch 2017 with increased knowledge on your team. The popular (and FREE) Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) training has been extended.

Register today!

Jan. 18 – Feb 8 (ENGLISH)
Get an early edge! Supervisors and managers may especially benefit from the accelerated schedule.

Instructors have tremendous industry expertise and include: Chris Roesink, Hunter Industries; Gabriel Michael, Blue Watchdog Conservation; Carlos Michelon, San Diego County Water Authority; and Megan Allison, ASLA, MiraCosta College Horticulture Department.

Training includes 3 sessions. Lunch is provided.
Wed. Jan. 18: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Wed. Jan. 25: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Wed. Feb. 1: no class
Wed. Feb. 8: 7:30 AM – 12:30 PM

City of Escondido, Mitchell Room
201 N. Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025

Register today!

Jan. 25 – Feb. 22: El Cajon (SPANISH)
Popular instructor Jaime Bayona, CLIA, QWEL, a member of the Ewing Irrigation Education team, is the lead instructor. He is recognized for his experience, knowledge, engaging style and emphasis on professionalism.

Ewing Irrigation
1923 John Towers Ave., El Cajon

Training includes 4 sessions. Lunch is provided.
Wed. Jan. 25: 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Wed. Feb. 1: 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Wed. Feb. 8: no class
Wed. Feb. 15: 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Wed. Feb. 22: 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Register today!

Mar. 8 – Mar. 29: Encinitas (ENGLISH)
Instructor Steven Sherman, ASLA, brings a broad range of industry experience and instructional skill.

Training includes 4 sessions. Lunch is provided.
Wed. Mar. 8: 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Wed. Mar. 15: 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Wed. Mar. 22: 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Wed. Mar. 29: 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Register today!

Why QWEL training

QWEL is a proactive local approach to reducing landscape water use. Water-efficient landscape practices, soils, irrigation system programming, troubleshooting, plant selection, and water management are among the subjects included. Training includes an irrigation system audit exercise and an exam. The 20-hour training was brought to our region this year by the San Diego County Water Authority and its 24 member agencies.

WaterSense labeled program

QWEL is recognized as a WaterSense labeled Professional Certification Program. Upon successful completion, graduates can be listed as a Certified Professional on the WaterSense website.

Learn more

* Visit qwel.watersmartsd.org.
* Contact us! WSA Marketing leads the team providing QWEL training logistics, instruction, administration and communications. You can reach us at: 760.944.1509.

Heaviland Landscape Management Plays Key Role in Carlsbad Office Renovation

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Heaviland Landscape Management, a commercial landscape installation and maintenance company, recently played a critical role within a team of contractors to create a new look for Ocean Point in Carlsbad. The 82,991 square-foot office space is in located in an area that attracts many tech companies, and to offer the amenities that incoming employees value, the space underwent renovations and improvements.

Heaviland Landscape Management was identified for this project by Jamie Looney, president of Unite Pacific, a commercial property consulting group. Unite Pacific developed the conceptual plan and worked with The Gildred Companies, the ownership and management group that oversees Ocean Point. Together, the work of Heaviland, Unite Pacific, a team of designers and architects and multiple contractors created a new identity for Ocean Point through a complete exterior renovation.

“Prospective tenants in San Diego are looking to provide a work environment where their employees enjoy coming to each day,” said Looney. “Part of the culture of the San Diego region is spending time outside and taking advantage of the 330 days of sunshine.”

Since outdoor space is important to potential tenants, Heaviland’s landscape installation work was a crucial component to Ocean Point. The Vista-based landscape management company overhauled the landscaping on the property, as well as the irrigation system.

“The project has multiple outdoor seating areas with improved walking paths to enhance connectivity within the project. The new landscape provides employees with an outdoor space to host informal meetings and enjoy the open air for a boost of creativity,” said Rajan Brown, vice president of design, construction and sustainability for Heaviland Landscape Management. “Ocean Point was retrofitted with recycled water and efficient drip irrigation, which will help lower water bills and eliminate irrigation runoff. We replaced the traditional turf and formal hedges with drought-tolerant plants. All our work was seamlessly connected with an overall improvement plan of an architectural overhaul, parking improvements and more.”

The Ocean Point Tech Center renovation project began in June 2015 and was completed this past October. The landscaping and new outdoor space, which Heaviland is contracted to maintain, will lead to increased value of the property and greater tenant satisfaction.

“To create a quality experience for the tenants, you need a high-quality team and we found that with Heaviland,” said Looney. “Heaviland’s execution of the landscape architect’s vision was spot on. The team was very professional and worked together with us as during the year-long process. They truly brought the project together better than I envisioned, on budget and on time.”