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Looking for 2020 Directors

Want to be on the  2020 Board of Directors? 

We are currently looking for a 2 year  director and a President Elect. 

Contact: brucenaka@gmail.com 

September Pesticide Applicators Course - Noxious Weed/Industrial Vegetation

The Pacific Horticulture College (located in Saanich at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific) will offer a Pesticide Applicator’s Course: Industrial Vegetation and Noxious Weed category in September if there are at least eight participants. Some Parks Canada staff may join CRISP members for this session.

Dates: Wednesday, September 11 and 18 (8:30 am – 4:30 pm) for the course, with the exam either on the afternoon of Thursday September 19, or perhaps another 3-hour time slot to be agreed on by participants with instructor (Laura Biggs of Pacific Hort. College)

Pesticide Applicator Certificate Course/Exam:

Category: Industrial Vegetation Management/Noxious Weed (for those who manage weeds on public or private lands)

Topics Covered: Pesticide Classification, Formulations, Labelling, Legislation, IPM, Safe Practices, Calculations, Equipment, Calibration, Environmental Protection, Common Weeds, Common Herbicides

 

Cost: $400 per person, including two required textbooks and government exam fee

Registration Contact:
Pacific Horticulture College (https://hcp.ca/pacific-horticulture-college/)

Email: college@hcp.ca

Phone: (250) 479-6162 (any day between 9am and 5pm to sign up)

July is Smart Irrigation Month!

 

What Can You do to Help?

Printable Official Proclamation of July Smart Irrigation

Month in BC 2019! Spread the Word!


Complementing Your Smart Irrigation System with Sustainable Solutions

You’ve hired an IIABC certified landscape irrigation professional to conduct a site inspection and irrigation system audit. You’ve discussed the findings, identified opportunities for potential water savings, and completed the appropriate system enhancements, repairs and upgrades with new water-saving technologies based on the system evaluation.   Your irrigation system is outfitted with check valves, water-efficient rotating sprinklers or lowvolume drip irrigation, a smart controller or soil moisture sensor, and a rain sensor. You’ve implemented a regular system maintenance strategy to ensure proper adjustments, run times and seasonal changes take place. You’re all set – with a top of the line, truly “smart” irrigation system that is running at peak efficiency, saving water and money on your water bill. Now what?  There are plenty of additional considerations you can explore to complement your smart irrigation system and contribute toward a truly sustainable landscape.  

 • Permeable pavers. An alternative to concrete or asphalt surfaces, permeable pavers allow rainwater to filter naturally down into the underlying soil to recharge valuable groundwater aquifers. They help prevent flooding and protect the quality of our water supplies by eliminating pollutant-laden runoff from entering natural waterways.  

 • Rainwater harvesting. Rainwater harvesting refers to the capture and storage of water, which can then be used as a supplemental water source for irrigating a landscape. Rainwater harvesting can take many forms, including above-ground rain barrels or cisterns, below-grade catchments or combined systems that incorporate simple or advanced water features. Be sure to check local regulations before exploring this option. 

 • LED lighting. LED technology, or light emitting diode, is the most efficient light source available, rivaling halogen in brilliance and intensity at one-fifth of the wattage. Though not suitable for all applications, the lamp life rating is excellent – upwards of 80,000 hours. 

  Green walls. A vertical, vegetative “living wall,” a green wall can be freestanding or part of a building and can help reduce the overall temperature of the building, improve the aesthetics and can even aid in water reuse, purification and retention. 

  • Soil testing. Submit a soil sample to a testing laboratory for an inexpensive report explaining its balance of nutrients, which will assist with selecting the appropriate fertilizer and application rate.  

 • Aerification, amendments and mulch. Implementing a regular aerification schedule and base layer of organic matter or calcined clay products will aid in water and nutrient retention and allow deeper infiltration into the soil profile to promote deeper root growth and help plants resist disease and better withstand drought conditions. 

 
  • Slow-release fertilizer. The use of coated, slow-release fertilizers, which have lower salt indexes than other quickly-available nitrogen fertilizers, means less watering when compared to their non-coated counterpart products. 

  • Fertilizer injection systems (fertigation). Fertigation, derived from the combination of fertilization and irrigation, allows you to fertilize and irrigate a section of turf in one simple step, making it easier for nutrients to infiltrate plant root zones and eliminating the need for watering above and beyond the irrigation system’s scheduled program run time.    

 To find an IIABC-certified professional to design, install or maintain your irrigation system, visit:

Find a Certified Professional Here 

The IIABC is Turning 40 This Year!!

The IIABC is turning 40 this year!!! 

                                                 

And we are doing it in  at the:

Harrison Hot Springs Resort!!!

The IIABC 40th Anniversary Convention and Tradeshow

November 18-22, 2019

 

 

You are not going to want to miss this one...

Harrison Hot Springs Resort is a landmark British Columbia resort hotel on the picturesque shores of Harrison Lake. With five mineral hot pools, this beautiful resort hotel is a one-of-a-kind hideaway where leisure floats alongside stunning natural beauty. This really is where the good life begins. So, join us for more than just learning this year and enjoy a taste of luxury as well! 


 

Online registration opens June 1, 2019.

Spots are sure to fill up quickly, so register early to guarantee your spot! 

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Why Follow us on Facebook?

1. Win prizes…no brainer!

Water Bottles, Travel mugsT-shirts, Gift Certificates, $50 in Casino chips to use at our Casino Night and extra entries for the main prize at this years’ convention.

 MAIN PRIZE
A free course at our 39th Annual Convention and Tradeshow (over $300 value)
*Exam fee not included*

2. Check current courses anytime you pop on Facebook.

  • For those of you that don't regularly check emails or visit the IIABC website, Facebook provides a quick and easy way to get the latest IIABC courses, giveaways & events. 

3. Weekly course availability updates.

  •  Never again be “that guy” that tries to register one day after the course is full!! 

          

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