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Gardening for the new year

As we slip into a new year and reflect on last year it is time to make some New Year’s resolutions for your garden.

In my earlier blogs I went over writing down on paper things you would like to see different in your yard or enhancing what you have already. Many organizations will be having garden classes available this winter.

Washington State University Master Gardeners will have some and many nurseries will have classes so keep an eye out.

I belong to WALP (Washington Association of Landscape professionals)  www.walp.org.

Being a member gave me many benefits. One is the networking with other professionals and two, being tied with planet with the landscape certification program. Being certified in turf and ornamental maintenance gives me great knowledge in helping others. I encourage other professionals to get certified.

Another great certification that I have is my pesticide license. Even though I am totally organic by law you still need a license to apply organics. Getting caught without one can bring a fine up to $7,500 dollars. The recertification classes that you take each year will keep you on top of the laws and new ways to deal with pests and diseases through the IPM (Integrated Pest Management).

It is so important to understand what is wrong with your garden taking the actions of correcting problems and stop using harsh chemicals. You can make a difference.

For more info on anything I talked about feel free to e-mail me or call at any time.

Happy Gardening,

Gardener Joe

 

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