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For Registration Forms for Kona, Maui or Oahu, go to www.hawaiiscape.com Certifications Page If you want to add Softscapoe Installation to your list of certifications, this year is your chance to make that happen. Questions? Call Garrett Webb, LICT State Administrator at 808 960-3650 Kona Ornamental Maintenance and Softscape Installation Written Tests: June 18th / Field Test: June 20th Maui Ornamental Maintenance TBA Oahu Ornamental and Turf Maintenance and Irrigation Written Test: August 13th / Field Test: August: 15th ...

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The Low Hanging Fruit: Canistel: One Sapote to Rule Them All! By Adam Williams   The Canistel, also sometimes called the Yellow Sapote, is probably the showiest member of its family, Sapotaceae. I’ll be honest, this has never been my favorite tropical fruit, but it has always intrigued me, and is certainly deserving of more attention, in the back yard and commercially. I say it’s not my favorite because I love the concept of a perfect, delicious fruit to be eaten fresh out of hand (mostly because I am not fond of cooking). Although many would consider its ripe flesh quite delectable, the Canistel really shines with a little preparation, but more on that later. It is often fruiting in Hawaii during late Winter/early Spring (about now, hence my inspiration to write about it for this issue) and is more common than the average resident may be aware of. This time of year, look for fist-sized, oblong, shiny, bright yellowy-orange fruits contrasting with the thick, dark green foliage; they stand... ...

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LICH is super excited about our newest sponsor – Podio! Being an organization with volunteers on 5 different islands, we have always struggled to be efficient and now we have the perfect solution – Podio. Podio is a cloud based collaboration tool to bring LICH together, communicate, collaborate and deliver improved services to the green industry. And we have lots planned for 2014! Thanks Podio! Many Hawaii nonprofits are in the same boat, literally, so check Podio out at  https://company.podio.com/ln/podio-sponsorship   ...

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It’s two weeks before the conference and there’s 10 terrific student abstracts submitted on landscape research projects. Click the link below for a preview of the 2013 LICH Student Poster Abstracts and learn the latest research by UH students. http://hawaiiscape.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/2013-LICH-Student-Poster-Abstracts.pdf For more information on the criteria for submitting a research abstract go to: http://hawaiiscape.com/studentposterabstracts/ ...

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LICH seeks comments on Irrigation Water Conservation Specifications. The LICH Irrigation Water Conservation committee has developed a draft version of specifications and design guidelines. This first draft is formatted for State of Hawaii construction specifications. We would appreciate your comments. Download the STATE Guidelines for Designing an Irrigation System and STATE 616 Irrigation System Construction Specifications. Comments due by 10/15/13.                                                                       – Construction Specifications. ...

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LICH announces new double sided color native plant poster. The poster features 36 native plants perfect for your projects. The front is designed for retail locations showing large pictures and featuring a QR code. The back of the poster includes detailed horticultural information and features information on the ethical use of native plants. Click here for the LICH Native Plant Poster, a 13″ by 17″ reduced size PDF of the native plant poster ...

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New LICT Communication Program By Chris Dacus   Are you LICT or CLT certified and running out of time to complete your 24 CEUs to maintain your certification? Did your your certification lapse? Well don’t worry if you said yes to these questions, there’s a quick path to get your certification current – LICH’s new LICT communication program.   Since 1999, LICH has administered in Hawai’i, the PLANET Landscape Industry Certified Technician (LICT) test formerly known as CLT.  Over three hundred people have passed the exam with many passing multiple certifications.   It’s hard to get certified and important to keep it current. If your certification has lapsed, PLANET at the moment has an amnesty program. Lapsed certifications can be recertified without retaking the exam as long as the LICT professional has earned 24 CEUs in the past 24 month period. For more information on the amnesty program, contact Zane Castle or Sharon Casmay at (800) 395-2522.   To better serve our certification community, LICH is launching a LICT communication... ...

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Well look no further, the next issue of Landscape Hawaii magazine is our native plant issue featuring a free native plant poster. The magazine has a readership of 20,450 and is mailed to 6,000 addresses every two months. Our audience is the Hawaii landscape professionals. If you would like to write an article for next issue of Landscape Hawaii magazine, please choose a topic below and write either 600-750 words or 1200-1500 words. Submit 2-3 jpeg images at a minimum size of 1 MB. For an article submission example visit us online at: http://hawaiiscape.com/landscape-hawaii-magazine Topics we would love to see articles address (but feel free to write to another topic): • Great native plant alternatives to popular ornamentals • How to ethically and legally collect native plants • Native plant propagation and seed storage • Review of the best native plant resources – books, native nurseries and websites. • Designing with native plant communities • How to design Ethnobotanical gardens • The ethical use of Native plant guidelines (monoculture vs diversity,... ...

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