Our spring theme for this issue is IPM– Integrated Pest Management. Implementing IPM strategies reduces plant stress and thus helps prevent problems in the first place. The concept in short is to do everything you can to ensure and encourage plant health through proper feeding and irrigation; planting the right materials in the right places; treating mechanically, biologically or organically where possible; and then, as a last resort, using chemical products. We are stewards of the Earth, and it is our responsibility to protect it for ourselves and for future generations.
As this year’s NLA president, I’m looking forward to a great year serving our industry. I realize that there are some who believe the NLA is just a bunch of old people sitting around eating lunch and doing the same old things, but I assure you that that couldn’t be further from the truth! The NLA is a group of hardworking, dedicated individuals working to bring new ideas and information to the membership. Just one of the many things we are working on is the QWEL program.
QWEL stands for Qualified Water-Efficient Landscaper; this is a certified auditor program that is EPA recognized. The NLA is working with UNR, along with the states of California and Utah, to bring this test to Nevada for the first time in October this year. This is next-level training and certification for our local industry; I hope you are as excited as we are!
The NLA strives to serve and educate the green industry. Our monthly meetings are the first Tuesday of each month at noon at the Cooperative Extension office in Energy Way in Reno. I invite you to come join us and share your ideas or volunteer for one of our many committees!
Remember, “if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.”
Make it a great season and the very best to you and yours.