CLCA Sacramento Valley Chapter


September 15: Golf Tournament at Turkey Creek

Get your FORE-some together and join us for the CLCA Sacramento Valley Chapter Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, September 15. This 4-person scramble tournament starts with a modified shotgun start at 8 a.m., so arrive early for registration, continental breakfast and a warm-up.

Prizes will be awarded for closest to the pin and longest drive men and women. In addition a destination golf trip will be awarded for the first hole in one.

Enjoy a tri-tip and chicken buffet lunch following the game as we award our winners, recognize our generous sponsors, and award raffle prizes.



September 12 Chapter Meeting

Join us at Round Table Pizza, 3290 Arena Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95834 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for our monthly chapter meeting. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Check the CALENDAR on this site for all the CLCA Sacramento Valley Chapter events.

October 10 Chapter Meeting

Join us at Round Table Pizza, 3290 Arena Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95834 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for our monthly chapter meeting. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Check the CALENDAR on this site for all the CLCA Sacramento Valley Chapter events.

CLCA Annual Convention November 15-18

Plan to join friends and colleagues in Scottsdale, Arizona November 15-18 for the CLCA 2017 Annual Convention. Scottsdale is the perfect setting for networking with friends and colleagues while relaxing in a beautiful desert setting. The remarkable clarity of light, exotic cactus blossoms and lush desert landscape create an environment that will leave you inspired.

Our host hotel is the Scott Resort & Spa. CLCA members will enjoy the lush, secluded grounds that showcase colorfully landscaped gardens, a tropical courtyard, a sandy-beach pool and a pool lagoon.


To make your room reservation: Call their Central Reservations Line at (866) 267-1321. Or call the Hotel Direct Line: (480) 945-7666. Room rate: $175 single or double room/$15 resort fee*

Chapter Beautification Awards

The projects have been entered, tabulated and will be judged this month. That only leaves the final piece in the Beautification Awards puzzle... the Awards Banquet! Join us as we celebrate the fantastic landscape construction and maintenance work being done by our chapter members at the awards banquet to be held in October or November. Watch you email and this publication for more details.




UC Landscape Plant Irrigation Trials Fall Open House Ratings Day

It’s time for the final Open House Ratings event of 2017, where you can come see some new and interesting plants at the end of the 2-year irrigation trial at UC Davis, take a sneak peek at what’s coming next year, and voice your opinion of the plants.

YOU ARE INVITED to evaluate the current trial plants on either day of the Fall Ratings Open House event.

Tuesday or Wednesday, September 26 & 27

UC LPIT evaluates plants for low water-use over 2 years. Plants are irrigated regularly during the first summer after planting, then performance is assessed during the second growing season on three irrigation treatments corresponding to the Water Use Classification of Landscape Species (WUCOLS) levels of Low, Moderate, and High. Growth and quality ratings are collected by researchers during this period. The Open House ensures the evaluations are representative of industry opinions and preferences.

The field is located south of the UC Davis Campus – event parking is free, and detailed directions will be provided in the reminder email a week before the event. Participation will entail recording your quality ratings for one individual per treatment for each species/cultivar, providing you the opportunity to evaluate the performance of a species across all treatments without rating every plant in the field.

The ratings take roughly 60-100 minutes to complete and participants may arrive any time between 8:00 and 11:30 am. Participation is voluntary, and is not open to the general gardening public at this time.

Space is limited; you must register by filling out the online survey HERE. A reminder along with a map to the site will be sent the week before the event.

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Important Details: Participants should wear sturdy, comfortable shoes, as the fields are packed dirt. You may also want to pack sunscreen and wear a hat, as the majority of plants are in full sun. Carpooling is encouraged, but not required. You will be provided a ratings sheet, writing implement and given general instructions when you arrive. Cold water will be provided. We hope to see you there!

River-Friendly Landscaping Green Gardener Training for Landscape Professionals

River-Friendly Landscaping is an integrated, watershed-based approach to landscaping that works with nature to reduce water use, reduce waste, prevent pollution, and support the health of the Sacramento region’s waterways.

To become a Qualified Green Gardener, candidates must complete all three modules. CEUs available from APLD, ISA, DPR, IA, QWEL.

Module #1 Building Healthy Soil for Successful Landscapes: Basic soil science; using mulch and compost; understanding fertilizers, and turf care.
Thursdays, September 7, 14 and 21, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sacramento Tree Foundation, 191 Lathrop Way, Sacramento, CA

Module #2 Mastering Efficient Irrigation: How to achieve landscape water efficiency through proper system design, components, scheduling, check-ups and maintenance.
Thursdays, October 5 and 12, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Saturday, October 21, 9 am – 11:30 am
Ewing Irrigation, 500 Berry St, Roseville, CA

Module #3 Plants in the California Landscape: Make your landscapes healthier and more attractive through proper plant selection, installation, and maintenance. Covers plant structure, physiology, placement, installation, pruning and managing pests and disease.
Thursdays, November 2 and 9, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.
Saturday, November 18, 9 am – 11:30 am

Howe Park, 2201 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA

$55 for ELC members, $65 non members per module - includes course materials

Modules 2 and 3 include a Saturday hands-on class

Details and registration at

Plant of the Month: Kurapia

Phyla nodiflora L. KURAPIA S1

Kurapia is a newly developed, highly versatile groundcover. Once established, it requires little maintenance and needs less water than cool season turfgrasses.

Kurapia’s sturdy structure makes it ideal for many uses including covering highway and freeway shoulders, rooftops, public utility areas, commercial properties, and solar farm landscapes. It can tolerate light foot traffic, but is not recommended for heavy foot traffic areas like playgrounds or sports fields.

Kurapia grows close to the ground and rarely exceeds one inch height. Most of the year the plant is covered in small, white flowers that are sterile.

Kurapia was bred from the native plant Phyla nodiflora found in the coastal regions of Japan and is found to be highly tolerant of saline, acidic and basic soils. For more information, visit

Landscape Certified Technician Testing Coming to Sacramento

The Landscape Certified Technician Test will be in Sacramento again this year on Saturday, October 7, at American River College.

The Sacramento Valley Chapter will be hosting the event and is looking for people to serve on the Certification Committee. Long-time committee chairs Sharon Yon and Michael Mitchell will be chairing the committee in 2017, but are looking for replacements to chair the committee in 2019.

If you are interested in serving on the committee this year and/or possibly chairing the committee in 2019, please email Sharon Yon or Allison LoDolce .

For more information

EMAIL: or call (800) 448-2522.

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Get Up to Speed on This New Water Law
Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO)

New landscape installations require knowledge of the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO). It has been recently updated and is much more restrictive than past versions. Being knowledgeable about the current and future versions of MWELO will give you a leg up on your competitors! The next Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) workshop in this area will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Vallejo City Hall, 555 Santa Clara St #3 in Vallejo.

These 2017 certificate workshops will provide you with a basic understanding of California’s Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) and offer CEUs for your current certifications like Irrigation Association, National Association of Landscape Professionals, International Society of Arboriculture and Association of Professional Landscape Designers.

Workshop attendees will learn:

  • A brief understanding of MWELO presented by the CA Department of Water Resources
  • Soil testing and management tips to meet the MWELO criteria
  • Irrigation design, installation, and MWELO's Appendix D
  • Water budgeting formulas and calculating
  • Application process through completion of an MWELO project
  • Q & A with a panel of industry experts

Fees and Registration

Continental Breakfast & Lunch included
$115 CLCA Members
$175 Non-CLCA Members
$80 CWMs or CLTs (in good standing)
$65 Students w/ ID

Register online HERE.

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