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North Coast Journal CALIFORNIA LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION

MAY DINNER & BOWLING Tuesday May 24, 2011 6:00 PM – Boulevard Lanes 1100 Petaluma Blvd South - Petaluma

$15 - Includes 2 hours of Bowling Fun, Shoe Rental, Pizza and Soft Drinks We will have teams of 6 per lane with prizes for the best and the worst overall scores. See RSVP flyer inside!

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Heavy equipment training Hheavy Saturday May 14, 2011 Buckeye Ranch in Petaluma 8:00 Am – 2:00 PM $30 Includes Lunch and Training Certificate (Seem more info inside on page 2 )

2011 Achievement Awards Banquet at the

Flamingo Hotel Friday June 10th This is our big chapter event of the year! We hope you can all join us for a wonderful evening to celebrate the amazing work of our member companies.

“North Coast Champions” Be a Green Industry Giant

North Coast Chapter - Events Calendar May 14th - Heavy Equipment Training @ Buckeye Ranch in Petaluma May 24th - Bowling Night Dinner Meeting – Boulevard Lanes in Petaluma June 10th - 2011 Achievement Awards – Flamingo Ballroom – Santa Rosa CLCA North Coast Chapter

www.clcanorthcoastchapter.org

MAY 2011


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MAY 2011 In this Issue PAGE 2 ………….Heavy Equipment Training – May 14th PAGE 3…………..Steve Mullany Retires from the Santa Rosa Junior College PAGE 9…...........Marin’s 5th Annual Eco-Friendly Garden Tour PAGE 11………….Consumer Confidence Continues to Grow PAGE 15………….Cost-Saving Tips for Landscapers PAGE 17………….Today’s Rain Can be Tomorrow’s Life Saver PAGE 19………….The Cube – Answer to Cell Towers? PAGE 20………...New San Francisco Greywater Design Manual This Publication is Printed on Recycled Paper North Coast Chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association


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Heavy Equipment Training - Saturday May 14th @ Buckeye Ranch in Petaluma for $30

Sponsored by

Saturday May 14, 2011 Buckeye Ranch – Petaluma $30 includes Heavy Equipment Training, BBQ Lunch, Drinks & Certificate

8:00 AM – 2:00 PM 4 hours of training 2 hours of operation

Equipment available on site for viewing & training will be: Excavators, Track Loaders, Trenchers, Backhoes plus Regular & Mini Skid Steer Loaders. RSVP BY PHONE OR FAX TO CONNIE @ (707) 829-5487 Or via e-mail heyconniesalinas@hotmail.com

(Space is limited to 60 Trainees) Company________________________________________________________________ Attendee(s)_________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________


Page 3 North Coast Chapter Board Members

Immediate – Past President Charlie Thompson Cagwin & Dorward (415) 892-7710 Charlie.Thompson@cagwin.com President Charlie Thompson Cagwin & Dorward (415) 892-7710 Charlie.Thompson@cagwin.com Secretary Lyndsey Kornmaier Coast Landscape Mgmt. (707) 332-8999 lyndsey@coastlm.com Treasurer Lisa Stratton Cagwin & Dorward (415) 798-1753 lisa.stratton@cagwin.com Web Guru & Golf Guy Michael O’Connell O’Connell Landscape (707) 462-9729 ocl@oclandscape.com

Associate Member Chair Kevin Kohl Ewing Irrigation (707) 457-9530 kkohl@ewing1.com Membership Co-Chairs Jeff Hausman Gardenworks, Inc. (707) 974-5799 jeff@gardenworksinc.com CLT State Committee Liaison Dave Iribarne City of Petaluma (707) 778-4591 diribarne@ci.petaluma.ca.us Programs Chair Ben Kopshever Sonoma Mountain Landscape (707) 695-2429 sonoma_mountain3@msn.com Legislative Chair Kjell Kallman Grab n’ Grow (707) 333-7694 kjell@soilandrocks.com

Education Chair Salvador Ledezma Jr. Gardenworks, Inc (707) 974-5800 slj@gardenworks-inc.com Chapter General Board Members Jeff Jones John Deere Landscapes (925) 595-6115 jjones@johndeerelandscapes.com Luis Lua Cagwin & Dorward (415) 720-6624 lelua99@yahoo.com Will Jenkel Lampson Tractor (707) 206-2294 wjenkel@lampsontractor.com Owen Mitchell Mitchell Landscapes (415) 717-6214 mitchland@att.net Tyler Doherty Cal West Rentals (707) 694-9108 tyler@calwestrentals.com

Awards Chair Brigid Flagerman Bertotti Landscaping (415) 720-0065 brigidf@bertotti.com

North Coast CLCA Executive Director & Journal Editor

Connie Salinas P.O. Box 1621 Sebastopol, CA 95473 Phone 707-829-5487 Fax 707-829-5487 heyconniesalinas@hotmail.com

CLCA 2010 State Officers PRESIDENT Robert Wade, CLP,CLIA Wade Landscape Phone: (949) 494-2130 WLI2006@gmail.com PRESIDENT-ELECT Eric Watanabe Majestic Pools & Landscape (818) 831-1390 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Sharon McGuire Phone: (800) 448-2522, ext. 13 FAX: (916) 446-7692 sharonmcguire@clca.org


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Page 5 STEVE MULLANY RETIRES Steve Mullany FROM SANTA ROSA JUNIOR COLLEGE We will truly miss the presence of Steve @ our chapter functions!!! Not only has he introduced so many of his students to CLCA, but he has also shared his plant wisdom with us at monthly meetings!!! We wish him much happiness in his new life in the Central Coast area! Steve’s title @ the JC from 1989-2008 was Environmental Horticulture Program Coordinator (and full time instructor). In 2008 he went on voluntary reduced load (60% of full time) and PJ LoCoco has been Program Coordinator since then. Steve Mullany and his wife Marilyn,

Letter from Steve…….. Hi Connie and Charlie, I regret that I will be unable to attend the North Coast Chapter Suppliers' Night on 4/19. I am teaching an evening short course, HORT 180 Water Conserving Landscapes, that starts next Tuesday 6:30-9:30. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the May dinner meeting either. As you know, I am retiring from SRJC at the end of May 2011. We have sold our home in Santa Rosa and close escrow tomorrow on our new (for us) home in Nipomo, in the San Luis Obispo area, near my stepdaughters and grandchildren. We have a furnished rental in Graton for my remaining time at the college, though Marilyn is spending lots of time down south already, handling the "home purchase project". I will leave Sonoma County for this permanent move around June 1. Some of the classes I have been teaching will be taught by adjunct faculty. The college is replacing my full time position with a new faculty hire for another program, Sustainable Agriculture, which has been without a program coordinator for years. But even that position, which was previously approved, and survived a second-cut hiring reduction, is still in jeopardy until the state budget situation is somehow settled. (Unfortunately, the cuts coming on top of cuts are far more serious for higher education than most people realize. Although I will surely see some of the chapter members before I go, I want to pass on my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the people in the North Coast chapter, past and present, who have been so generous and supportive to SRJC's Environmental Horticulture Program during my 22 years of teaching here. Our students have benefitted greatly from the guest speakers, field trip visits, assistance with supplies and equipment, and many other kind acts of support. I can't stress enough how significant that has been for our students, who regularly cite them as highlights in their student evaluations of our classes. I would prefer to express my thanks to the group personally, (though I did an impromptu thank you at a meeting a few months ago) but since my schedule conflict prevents it, maybe this letter could be shared in the chapter bulletin. Of course, Charlie, you are right at the top of my thank-you list, among all who have shared their time and expertise. Richard Plaxco, Tony and Kim Bertotti, Phil Wyatt, Susie Dowd Markarian and Dennis Hart also deserve special thanks from the college and me. Connie, if I don't see you, thank you for everything as well. You are a jewel. My best to all, Steve Steve Mullany Environmental Horticulture Instructor - Agriculture/Natural Resources Dept. Santa Rosa Junior College


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Water districts vote to join forces By JUSTINE FREDERIKSEN The Daily Journal

RVCWD and RRFC&WCID committees to discuss annexation. After receiving a positive reaction from the public, the boards of both the Redwood Valley County Water District and the Russian River Flood Control & Water Conservation Improvement District voted to move forward with a merger of sorts. "I thought it was very favorably received," said Bill Koehler, general manager of the RVCWD, referring to a public meeting Wednesday morning at the Barra tasting room where the two boards discussed combining forces in order to negotiate with the Sonoma County Water Agency for more water rights for Redwood Valley. "There were about 20 to 25 people, and the comments from the public were very favorable."

appropriate payment they can make to get a guaranteed water supply," he said, adding that the district will be holding public meetings in addition to its regularly scheduled business meetings. Sean White, manager of the RRFC&WCID, said "We've been looking for a longterm solution for getting a reliable water supply for Redwood Valley for a long time. Over the years there have been contracts for Redwood Valley, but none of them have been an actual permanent solution to the situation." Currently, White said RVCWD buys "surplus water from the (RRFC & WCID), but the district's demand has risen, and the surplus will eventually be none."

Koehler said both boards voted unanimously to "proceed with a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to begin negotiations as a unified entity." He said the process of combining the two districts would be an annexation, and they would "re-form as a new entity."

White said the RVCWD previously had a contract to purchase surplus water from the SCWA, but the contract expired several years ago.

As to how that would take place, he said "we don't know yet; the process is so slow and so cumbersome, and can be stopped by a concerted effort by the public, so we wanted to make sure that both boards have educated the public, and the public supports what we're doing."

White said the two districts would be "taking resources that both agencies have and putting together what we hope is a successful proposal to purchase water rights (from SCWA)," in what he described as "a permanent transfer" that would establish a reliable water supply for Redwood Valley.

Koehler said so far, members of the public have expressed the same concerns about an annexation as the districts' board members, which are "everybody wants to make sure that everybody is carrying their own weight, that nobody is subsidizing anybody else. "(However), we're going to have to incur some indebtedness, and we're going to have to sit down with our customers to determine what they feel is the

Koehler said he believed the timing was right to acquire more water rights for Redwood Valley because of several factors, including "a new spirit of cooperation between (RVCWD and RRFC & WCID), a change in management at the SCWA, and a pending change in the operation of the Russian River," explaining that if the flow of water in the river is reduced, more water will be available in Lake Mendocino.

Justine Frederiksen can be reached at udjjf@pacific.net, or 468-3521.

- Understanding Herbicides Horizon Distributors has launched BizPro eSources, an online course landscape contractors can visit to view resources that can be used to help discuss the safety of glyphosate-based herbicides, like Roundup, with customers. The resources include a downloadable presentation, and are designed to give landscape contractors information to help them answer customers’ questions and ease concerns about the safety of Roundup.

“In the lawn and landscape industry, lots of debate exists surrounding the safety and necessity of herbicides,” said Mary Martinez, maintenance channel manager, Horizon Distributors. “Everybody has a different opinion. Some view herbicides as harmful chemicals while others regard them as important products used to maintain healthy lawns. It’s important that landscape contractors have accurate information so they can correctly answer all of their customers’ questions and address concerns.” For example, Roundup, a widely used herbicides in the lawn and landscape industry, is a water-soluble herbicide that safely and effectively kills unwanted plants and weeds. In addition, because Roundup doesn’t leach, it reduces the chance of damage to non-target turf and plants. To learn more, landscape contractors can visit Horizon Distributors’ BizPro eSources at http://bizpro.horizononline.com.


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The North Coast Chapter’s 2011 partners We would like to thank and acknowledge the following for signing on with our new Sponsorship Program thus far!!! DIAMOND PARTNERS Hunter/FX Luminaire PLATINUM PARTNERS John Deere Landscapes Ewing Irrigation GOLD PARTNERS LCIS CONTRACTOR PARTNERS Cagwin & Dorward (2) Gardenworks Inc.

Happy Spring!

Photo by Steve Hewett


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Consumer Confidence Continues to Grow Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index continued to improve in February, increasing 5.6 points to 70.4. The index has grown strongly over the past five months from its recent low of 48.6 in September. The improvement has been driven mainly by robust growth in the future expectations index, which rose 7.8 points to 95.1 in February. The present situation index remains weak though improving, with a 2.3 point increase to 33.4. Conference Board advised the survey questions and collection method remain unchanged and the transition should have a limited effect on most series. A pilot test of the new sample design yielded a 4.5 point divergence on average over the five month period, which they attributed to the use of the age variable in the post-stratification weighting. Given the divergence, a level of care should be applied in trend and year-over-year analysis across the transition period (i.e. before and after November 2010). Consumers’ assessment of current business and labor market conditions improved moderately, but still remains weak. There was a small rise in the share of respondents who viewed current business conditions as good, up 1.1 percentage points to 12.4 percent, while the share of those who viewed conditions as bad remained steady at 39.6 percent. Similarly, those who viewed jobs as plentiful rose 0.3 of a percentage point to 4.9 percent, while those believing jobs are hard to get were down 1.3 percentage points to 45.7 percent. - Courtesy of NAHB

The

Occidental County Sanitation has hosted a public meeting to launch an innovative composting toilet demonstration program. The Demonstration will allow the District to evaluate the effective use of composting toilets within four houses over a three year study period. Composting toilets use little or no water and are not connected to the sewer system. This Program is one of a number of approaches being evaluated to save water and reduce wastewater flows into Occidental County Sanitation District treatment facility which is under orders from the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board to make significant upgrades. If the District is able to reduce the flows into the treatment plant, costs to comply with regulatory upgrades will be minimized. According to Water Agency Director and District Board Chair Efren Carrillo, “We must look towards alternative methods and ‘out of the box’ solutions to reduce water use. As such we are committed to doing everything we can to address the regulatory issues at the Occidental County Sanitation District and keep impacts to ratepayers as low as possible.”

Details of the program will be discussed at the Occidental County Sanitation District meeting tonight at 7pm, located at the Occidental Firehouse at 3800 Bohemian Highway. Only Occidental County Sanitation District customers are eligible to participate in the Demonstration. Applications and additional details are located at http://www.scwa.ca.gov/composting-toilet/.


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LANDSCAPES UNLIMITED, INC. 4330 BODEGA AVE. PETALUMA, CA 94952 PHONE (707) 778-0136 FAX (707) 778-0633

Landscapes Unlimited is a wholesale nursery located 3 miles west of downtown Petaluma, California. We offer over 800 varieties of landscaping plants in 1- through 15-gallon sizes. If we don’t have what you need, we will special order it for you. Landscapes Unlimited has been in business since 1981 and has a reputation of supplying beautiful and healthy plants. Our staff has an average of almost 20 years experience in the industry and is very knowlegable about our plants and the climates they tolerate. Landscapes Unlimited is proud of its tradition of offering quality and reliable services. We offer the following:  Delivery Service - We use open backed box trucks to deliver plants. The box protects the plants from the wind and the open back keeps the plants cool as they travel. They arrive at your jobsite fresh and beautiful. Call for details. 

Pull Service - Send us a list of items you want and we will pull them and have them waiting for you when you arrive. We need 24 hours notice. We understand that you need healthy and good looking plants for your project and so when we pull the plants for your order, we’ll make sure they all look good.

Special Ordering - We can track down specialty items or hard-to-find plants. With suppliers all around California, we have access to many nurseries with a wide variety of plants. Let us know what you need.

Customer Service - We are the best! Our staff averages 20 years of experience in the industry and can offer excellent advice. We value our customers and get to know them personally. We will cater to your needs. If you have a special request, let us know and we’ll do what we can to meet your needs. Let us take care of you!


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Cost-Saving Tips for Landscapers With costs a main concern of landscape clients, contractors can propose moneysaving projects to their price-conscious clients. The key is to know where to make the cuts that have the greatest impact on the bottom line.

Reduce Plant Sizes Every plant of the same species matures at a specific height and diameter. This is true whether it starts from seed or plant. Big budget projects where instant landscapes are desired allow landscapers to buy plants from specimen growers specializing in mature plant material. Though their landscape will be installed at a large size, your clients will eventually reach the exact same size for a fraction of the price. Produce a planting plan showing the location of each and every plant that goes into the landscape. In the plant list, specify the size of the container proposed. Container size is how the industry prices nursery plants. The optimal size for a shrub on the planting plan is a 5gallon container. Herbaceous perennials are 1-gallon containers. The box sizes graduate up from there. Because all the plants achieve the same size at maturity, you can offer clients a lower bid planting smaller container sizes than those designated on the plan. Do not reduce the number of plants because this negatively influences the design, just drop their purchase sizes.

Vary Hardscape Material Finishes Anything built of concrete or masonry demands a large share of the landscape budget. The basic costs of a concrete slab or a block wall doesn't vary much, but the finish materials used can significantly increase costs. Often the materials such as stone finish over a slab offers a really high-end look, but price is beyond the budget. To better understand how to save, consider a movie set with one side detailed out to face the camera. Your landscape has a movie set side, which is determined by the most important vantage points. This is where you propose to use the high-end stone or tile for immediate impact. Avoid Specialty Construction Today's landscape industry offers prefabricated amenities. These are factory-made portable units that take the place of expensive onsite construction, offering enormous savings on both masonry and mechanical. A common example is the plug-and-play fountains.

Today you can buy whole outdoor kitchens made out of lightweight portable composites with the latest grilling features. These cost less than half the price of a built-in barbecue center, and you have much more flexibility with location.

Hi Connie The following is what I’d like to share with the N.C. Chapter of CLCA. I’m not sure if our Bulletin reaches other chapters, yet I’d love to spread the word amongst all chapters because of this being something so large in scope. It will be a project that can take more than one year to complete and will take lots of commitment and funding as it has no financial support from the school district. The concept is to install (as it has already been designed) a project located at the Casa Grande High School in Petaluma. It involves an Outdoor Learning Environment – thus the abbreviation O.L.E. Since the word olé in Spanish conveys excitement, joy and well-being, I personally believe it is infectious. The facility is to have an amphitheater, a culinary kitchen area, edible gardening, fruitbearing trees, causal sitting and learning areas – all within generous walk paths and treestudded grounds. I personally believe that we human beings are meant to learn more of life by being out of doors and within the natural environment of the earth. What better can we ask for than to begin encouraging and creating the environment in schools for our young learners to be being in the natural environment of this earth.

Francisco Peccorini - Queco Inc. dba Landscape Management Associates

1055 Broadway, E4 Sonoma, CA 95476 707-996-4295 Fax 707-996-5396 - E-mail: LMACorp@sonic.net


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New Member Spotlight

Call 415 / 384 / 0180 We are a robust and growing family-owned business located in the San Francisco Bay Area town of Mill Valley, California. We are not a corporation, nor owned by an international conglomerate, nor a franchisee. When you work with us, you work with the owner and benefit from the attention to detail and quality that comes with dealing directly with the person who cares the most about your satisfaction. GreenSpace Grass is a licensed California contractor, (CA #929822), bonded and insured. We specialize in the design, sales and installation of artificial grass. It is not a sideline business for us; it is what we do, period. Artificial grass is known by many names:      

Synthetic Grass Synthetic Turf Artificial Lawn Fake Grass Artificial Turf Astroturf, a registered brand

But no matter what you call it, GreenSpace Grass will ensure that your installation is the finest that it can be. Synthetic Grass is a perfect solution when you don’t want to spend time or money mowing, watering, or fertilizing the grass. Or if you have a yard that simply won’t support ordinary grass because it is too shady, wet, overused by the kids or the dog, acidic, or populated by moles, voles and gophers.

Mike Pile is the owner of GreenSpace Grass and has just recently joined our North Coast Chapter. He is hoping to grow his business through networking with chapter members at our monthly functions.


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Today's Rain can be Tomorrow's Life Saver We all hear the term drought and it is usually and only when we are in a drought that the chattering gets louder and is heard. When we get 9” of rain in a week, it is hard to remember to conserve our water usage or that a drought could be right around the corner. Always, conserve- conserve- conserve. We can all do our part to conserve water in small ways. Timing our showers and trying not to run your dishwasher or washing machine unless it is completely full. High efficiency dish washers, high efficiency washing machines, limited lawn watering or better yet, using water-wise plant material as apposed to turf grass, are ways to help the cause. Plus, there are so many beautiful xeric and native plants that add exquisiteness to your garden without demanding tremendous amounts of water. Sweet Lane Wholesale fully supports water conservation any way we can. Almost the entire nursery is on drip irrigation limiting the amount of run off. In addition, drip irrigation insures your plants root systems are receiving the water being supplied. Flood irrigating and overhead irrigation tend to allow for lots of water to escape being unused, or wasted. Some plants, broadleaf in particular, don’t fair well from overhead irrigation. Water spills off the plant foliage displacing it from actually getting to the roots. Also, mid day sun magnifies that water and can cause leaf burn. Reports are coming in that our reservoirs are at maximum capacity and the mountains are still being hit with late spring snow! This is all great news…..lots of water. We need to be careful and conserve even in times of abundance in anticipation of a large demand and a lack of summer rain! Come on in to Sweet Lane Wholesale Nursery and talk with one of our knowledgeable sales staff. They can help you select some beautiful water-wise material and more. Tobias Kane Sweet Lane Wholesale Nursery 6652 Petaluma Hill Rd. Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (P) 707-792-5008 (F) 707-792 5010

Wisteria Sinensis Lavender Lace

Marina Arbutus

Rhaphiolepis “Majestic Beauty”

Hill non-fruiting Olive


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The Cube: Answer to Cell Towers? The 2.3-inch, 1.5-watt lightRadio cube powers about a two-block radius. Because cell towers are in the landscape and sometimes cause controversy, LASN has periodically written about the erection of these towers and the public’s reaction to them, as in “Landscape Architects Argue for and Against Cell Towers” www.landscapeonline.com/research/article/10703 They tower over the landscape, sometimes disguised in a way that does not fool anyone. Big trees that look so fake, they are derided as "Frankenpines." Flagpoles that soar higher than any flag would warrant. Or unadorned towers that offer absolutely no pretense as to their purpose. But a day could soon come when those sky-high, unsightly cell phone towers that litter the countryside may be replaced with something no bigger than a Rubik’s cube. According to Alcatel-Lucent, the global wireless industry is spending $210 billion a year to operate their networks, and another $50 billion to upgrade them. Consumers, of course, are paying for big chunks of this spending. Further, mobile data usage is predicated by the industry to grow 30 times in the next five years and 500 times in the next 10 years. Keeping up with such growth with the current cell tower technology seems challenging, to say the least. Besides the esthetics of cell towers in the landscape, there’s the inefficiencies: 1) They transmit power in all directions, but most of those signals are lost, since they don’t reach anyone's particular devices. 2) About half of the power from cell tower base stations is lost before it makes its way up to the antennas. 3) Towers have separate antennas for 2G, 3G and 4G networks, which cause interference. In this computer/electronic age, we’ve gotten used to devices coming in smaller and smaller packages. Now, Alcatel-Lucent has basically shrunk the cell tower into a 2.3-inch cube, the lightRadio! How could this work? The engineers at Alcatel-Lucent transferred the big, heavy power equipment that controls cell towers and moved them to centralized stations. This allows the lightRadio cubes to be miniaturized and placed on buildings, light poles, etc. The signals from the cube can be controlled (directed) remotely to maximize their potential. The units have multi-antennas to relay 2G, 3G and 4G network signals all from the same cube. Testing of the lightRadio begins in September 2011, followed by volume production by 2012. Sprint Nextel plans to try out the cubes later this year. Big antennas still serve a purpose: to provide long distance signals down a long stretch of road in under populated areas, for instance.


Page 20 There is a new greywater resource available from the San Francisco Public Utility Commission! The San Francisco Graywater Design Manual is available to be downloaded here http://sfwater.org/detail.cfm/MC_ID/13/MSC_ID/168/MTO_ID/758/C_ID/5421 In it are step-by-step instructions for building a laundry to landscape system and general info on other systems, irrigation with greywater, sample operation and maintenance manuals, and more! This manual is in draft form, so please read and use it and submit your comments so it can be improved upon. You can also apply to be part of a laundry to landscape pilot study and receive free training and parts to build your system if you live in San Francisco, see the website listed above for details. There is also a great article and video out in Metropolis Mag by some journalism students who did a workshop with Greywater Action, read and view it here.: http://www.metropolismag.com/pov/20110419/taking-action

FX Luminaire Ready to Debut a New World of Efficient Innovations at Lightfair Since FX Luminaire became a part of Hunter Industries over two years ago, FX engineers have been hard at work researching and executing new ways to make both traditional and LED lighting more efficient and effective. At this year’s Lightfair, FX plans on giving everyone who passes by the booth some amazing insight into just how far they’ve come. The greatest innovations have come within Lumineux, FX’s line of all LED lights.

Adjustable Output in LED Fixtures Leads to an Expandable Future Many designers and customers alike want the ability to change their light fixtures’ color and lumen output. In order to meet this growing demand, Lumineux fixtures now include a base LED board along with several color filters in every box. This allows for easy light filter adjustments so users can change output color to match the season, keep up with landscape growth, and explore new scheme customizations.

LED Replacement Kits Allow Installers to Switch Boards, Not Units Every Lumineux fixture now has the ability to easily upgrade, downgrade or swap out its LED board with the new FX LED Replacement Kits. When a tree or shrub grows larger, users can easily switch from a 3LED board to a 6LED board to keep up.

New Technology Means New Lights Pushing the LED envelope further than ever, FX will have several Lumineux LED lights ready for viewing at the show. These include the FrèreBébé, an Uplight designed to fit nicely into smaller landscapes and tight spaces, and a new Wall Wash called the PanerBâton, which comes with full color lens options. The new JubiléBijou Downlight will also be on display, showing just how easily changing lamps in complicated areas can be with long life LEDs. Rounding out the new products that will be featured is the TreeBoxTM, which is designed to raise the bar on mounting solutions.


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Russ Clarke Sales Representative


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LANDSCAPES UNLIMITED NURSERY 4330 Bodega Avenue, Petaluma, CA 94952 Phone: (707) 778-0136 Fax: (707) 778-0633

You might be a redneck if: (quotes from or attributed to Jeff Foxworthy)

You have a complete set of salad bowls and they all say Kool Whip on the side.

You own a home that is mobile and five cars that aren’t

You’ve ever made change in the offering plate.

Your neighbors think you're a detective because a cop always brings you home.

Your working television sits on top of your non-working television.

Your family tree does not fork.

You've ever mowed your lawn and found a car.

Your biggest tax deduction was bail money.

You have more fish on your wall than pictures.

You’ve ever shot anyone for looking at you.

You think the stock market has a fence around it.

You go to a party and the punch bowl flushes.

Your kids take a siphon hose to “show and tell.”

The most common phrase heard in your house is, “Somebody go jiggle the handle.”

You’ve ever been kicked out of the zoo for heckling the monkeys.

You’ve ever found yourself climbing a water tower with a can of spray paint to defend your sister’s honor.

You take your dog for a walk and you both use the same tree at the corner.

Your wife has ever said, “Come move this transmission so I can take a bath.”

Your grandmother has ever been asked to leave a bingo game because of her language.

You think the last four words of the National Anthem are, “Genltemen, start you engines!”

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