Biomimicry: Innovation in Landscape Design

Biomimicry: Innovation in Landscape Design By Wynton Wizinowich and Micah Barker How can we achieve that beautiful landscape desired by our clients while also reducing water consumption, pollution, and the ever-increasing cost of maintenance? Over the last 7 years while working for Bio-Scape Hawaii LLC, we have developed sustainable alternatives to conventional landscape practices. Through careful observation of natural ecosystems, we apply innovative design in built urban and residential environments. We couple our unconventional approach with high-end, naturally beautiful landscapes personalized for the client while also reducing water and labor by up to 75%. We achieve this through biomimicry, the learning from and then emulating natures forms, processes, and ecosystems to create more sustainable designs. There are countless ways to apply biomimicry, and if you study it closely, you will find many natural secrets to give you the edge in your projects. In this article, however, we strive to just share our key methods, the logic behind them and their benefits. Soil is far more complicated than even the leading... ...

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A New Menace for Containerized Plants

A New Menace for Containerized Plants by Molly Murphy A new naturalization record promises to add even more burden to the potted plant and landscape industry in Hawaii. Fatoua villosa commonly called hairy crabweed, was found naturalizing near recently planted pikake plants this past fall in Hilo. The potting mix contained copious amounts of viable seeds as well as numerous offspring. New recruits were detected in the vicinity and pulled out on subsequent trips to the Hilo garden. The herbarium at Bishop Museum documented reports of local naturalization in Oahu. Both Foster Botanical Garden and Lyon Arboretum were plagued with this nursery contaminant. It is unclear at this time if eradication was successful on Hawaii Island.  Hairy crabweed is a small, annual forb that is easy to overlook. In fact, it has a history of growing unnoticed only to be discovered after it is thoroughly established. The winter of 1962/1963 was particularly harsh in Louisiana, many plants died when temperatures dropped to 15 degrees F. Suddenly conspicuous against the barren landscape, the exotic species F. villosa was noticed... ...

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Night Sky, LEDs and Landscape Lighting

THE NIGHT SKY, LEDS, AND LANDSCAPE LIGHTING Richard Wainscoat, University of Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy If you live on Oahu, you may have looked up at the night sky recently, and wondered where all the stars have gone. But if you live on the neighbor islands, you’ve probably seen the night sky in all its magnificence, and on a moonless night, gazed at the Milky Way — the galaxy in which we live. At the University of Hawaii, we are now finding that more than half of our undergraduate students have never seen the Milky Way. The number of young people who have never seen the Milky Way is growing rapidly, and an entire generation of children is now growing up without seeing a dark night sky. Artificial light is making the night sky bright. Much of this problem is avoidable. Excessive, misdirected or obtrusive light is often referred to as light pollution. There are two processes that make the night sky bright. Air molecules in Earth’s atmosphere scatter urban... ...

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NALP PUTS AN END TO THE HANDS-ON LICT CERTIFICATION TEST

NALP PUTS AN END TO THE HANDS-ON LICT CERTIFICATION TEST This year the only Field Test will be held in Kona on September 8, 2018 NALP (National Association of Landscape Professionals) has announced that as of April 30, 2019, no organization may offer its hands-on Landscape Industry Certified Exterior exam. The hands-on LICT test will be ‘absorbed’ into a brand new written-only test that will be taken on a computer. The new test will be developed by Buck Chaffee, a testing expert/psychometrician. Any test candidate that has not completed his or her certification by April 30, 2019, will need to complete the new written-only test to become certified through NALP. As of May, 2018, I have not heard from or about any other State or Canadian Province that is in favor of this new test. The Certification Committee in Hawaii is strongly in favor of maintaining a meaningful landscape certification program and test that includes a hands-on component. NALP has informed us that “The hands -on portion of the exam... ...

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LICT Test Report / Oahu

Oahu LICT Test by Brandon Au First, congratulations to all of the participants that challenged themselves to strive for the Landscape Industry Certified Technician (LICT) certification. To those that became an LICT, make every effort to become certified in the other designations to increase your knowledge to be a well-rounded landscape professional. And for those who did not pass, don’t be discouraged and don’t give up! You’ve started and dedicated yourself to becoming an LICT, so push to the finish! On Saturday, August 12, 2017, at the University of Hawai`i’s Waimanalo Research Station, 16 candidates successfully completed all of the requirements needed to achieve an LICT certification. Newly-certified LICTs are listed below with some acquiring their 2nd and 3rd certification: Irrigation Allen Griffin, Mulkern Landscaping and Nursery (2nd certification) Anthony Ortiz, Greenspace Hawaii (1st certification) Damien Jamila, Landscape Hawaii (2nd certification) David Marks, Marks Lawn Service (2nd certification) Erwin Cadiz, HI Quality Landscapes & Maintenance   Turf Maintenance Damien Jamila, Landscape Hawaii (3rd certification) Rey Brian Domingcil, JR Yard Service... ...

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