CLCA/Central Coast

The Seascape

Newsletter of the CLCA
Central Coast Chapter

September 2019


2019 Calendar of Events

July 9–September 13
Award Nominations Open for Water Saving & Sustainable Projects

Contractors and organizations that have built water-saving and sustainable projects have a chance to be recognized with the Water & Sustainability Innovation Award this year. Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply and Audobon International are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Water & Sustainability Innovation Award through Sept. 13, 2019.

There is no cost for submissions, but projects must have been supplied in part by Ewing to be eligible. The entry form and guidelines can be found at

September 5, Thursday

Central Coast Chapter Board Meeting

Time: 12:00 to 1:30 pm
Location: TBA

Noon-1:30 p.m. Reconnecting after our Summer Break! Contact Justin White at (831) 331-3476 or

September 12, Thursday

Central Coast Chapter’s
Liar’s Cup Invitational—Chapter Golf Tournament

Time: 1:00 p.m. shotgun start, drinks 5:00-6:00 p.m. followed by dinner & awards.
Location: Seascape Golf Club, 610 Clubhouse Dr, Aptos, CA 95003

Look for more information coming your way in an August email invitation Contact Matt Gomez for more information at (408) 797-6542.

Click here to register.

October 3, Thursday

Central Coast Chapter 2020 Planning Meeting

Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: TBA

Central Coast will be having our annual planning meeting to develop our budget, calendar of events, and educational opportunities for 2020. We are inviting any interested members to join us in this discussion and help make 2020 the best year yet! The planning session will be held from 9am to 2pm, hosted by Tish O’Reilly. The conversation will be exciting and effective. We hope to see you there. Please RSVP with Justin White

Santa Cruz Permaculture Design Certificate Course

October 5, Saturday, 11, Friday and more…

Whole Systems Design, Fruit Tree Pruning & Care, Nature Awareneness, Carbon Farming, Ecovillages, Nonviolent Communication, Holistic Management & Rotational Grazing, Public Banking, City Repair, Agroforestry, Greywater, Food Forests, Mycorrhizal Network & Fungi, Soil Ecology, Composting, Crop Planning, Local Food Systems, Intentional Communities, & so much more! We cover it all in our Permaculture Design Certificate course.

Register today:

October 23-24, Wednesday-Thursday
Landscape Expo Long Beach

Seminars scheduled daily. Pre-register for 50% Off Exhibit Hall Admission. Register here.
Time: 8:00 am- 5:00 pm.
Location: Long Beach Convention Center

Landscape Industry Certified Technician Test Written Test

Last tests were held this August. The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) announced changes to the Landscape Industry Certified Technician test. On December 31, 2019 the current test will be eliminated. A new test will be created and administered completely online and through remote proctoring. After the transition to the online test, everyone will be required to take the new test in its entirety.



September 2019 President’s Message

by Justin White, Chapter President, K&D Landscaping Company

summer reflections

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Aloha from Hawaii! 

Blue sky ahead or is that a cloud forming?... In the islands of Hawaii a sunny day can turn into rain and back to sun all in the same hour. I hear a lot of speculation about the economy and what’s coming our way. The bad news: it’s going to happen and no one can predict when or how bad. The good news: it won’t last forever and blue sky will return. If I’ve learned anything by observing the cycle of weather patterns here on the island it’s that every rainy period is followed by sun sooner or later. 

Make a plan and talk to your team now to prepare for a slowdown, but don’t let it take away from your positive energy and excitement about what you do. The CLCA has countless resources for your business. One I would specifically recommend is a checkup from the free lawyer service, “Expert Advice: Attorney On Retainer.” Make sure your HR is compliant and your business is tight because the last thing you need during a slow down is a compliance fine from OSHA, to name just one. Here is the link for the lawyer:

And it’s free thanks to the CLCA! 

Are you looking to further your knowledge and gain a massive amount of value to grow and better your company? Whether you are an affiliate, associate, or regular C27 member of the CLCA, joining your chapter board will undoubtedly bring you value. The strength of surrounding yourself with the best people in your industry will have an immediate impact on you and your company, as I speak from experience! If you want to do something positive for the industry and improve yourself at the same time,  give me a call or email and let’s talk about the board opportunities for 2020. (831) 331-3476

To our success,
Justin White
CEO, K&D Landscaping Inc.

Link to Partner’s Feature: Terri Baker of GraniteRock

This month Terri Baker of GraniteRock is featured in our “Partner’s Corner.” Terri says “I feel so blessed and fortunate to be able to get up every day and do something that I LOVE! At Graniterock I work with Architects, Designers, Contractors and homeowners…” Read more here (scroll down the page.)


upcoming Event

Central Coast Chapter
Liar’s Cup Invitational Golf Tournament

September 12, Thursday
Seascape golf club, Aptos, CA

Join us for the 2019 Liar’s Cup Invitational Golf Outing at Seascape Golf Club in Aptos for eighteen holes of fun in the sun.
If interested please contact Matt Gomez at Ewing Irrigation in Santa Cruz or Chris Elliot. This is a great event and a chance to network with others in the industry.

Contact Matt Gomez for more information at (408) 797-6542 or

Event fee: $145.00
Tee Sponsor: 150.00
Closest To Pin: $300.00
Longest Drive: $300.00

Thursday, Sept. 12, 1:00 p.m. shotgun start, drinks 5-6:00 p.m. followed by dinner & awards.
Location: Seascape Golf Club, 610 Clubhouse Drive, Aptos, CA 95001



K&D Landscaping Inc.
Recently Featured in Lawn & Landscape Magazine

AUGUST 2019 –

Commercial and residential landscape design, installation, and maintenance company, K & D Landscaping announces featured article in prestigious industry magazine

Justin White and K&D Landscaping featured on cover of  Lawn & Landscape .  Subscribe here.

Justin White and K&D Landscaping featured on cover of Lawn & Landscape. Subscribe here.

K & D Landscaping has been serving the local area for over three decades. The company started with a truck and a lawn mower but has now developed in to a successful and growing landscaping company.

K & D Landscaping has been serving the local area for over three decades. The company started with a truck and a lawn mower but has now developed in to a successful and growing landscaping company.

(Watsonville, CA) K & D Landscaping, Inc., a commercial and residential landscape design, installation, and maintenance company serving the areas of California and Monterey Bay, is proud to announce their company has been featured in an article published by Lawn & Landscape magazine.

“K&D Landscaping is thriving in the residential design/build segment, which can be volatile part of the green industry. The story illustrates how they were able to achieve growth in that area and gives our readers a great example of the process to becoming a successful landscaping company,” said Brian Horn, editor, Lawn & Landscape magazine.

The article, titled “Grow What You Know,” highlights the strategy used by the residential landscaping and commercial landscaping professionals at K&D Landscaping and how their efforts and practices resulted in 30 percent growth over a 12-month period.

“Our company is thriving in the residential design/build segment, which is an often-volatile part of the green industry,” stated K & D Landscaping, Inc. owner, Justin White. “The story featured on the above-mentioned website focuses on how we have achieved growth in this segment and provides readers with an example of the process to use to become a successful and actively growing landscaping company.”

Besides the 30 percent growth in the residential design/build market, the article focuses on how this growth was achieved. According to the information provided, this growth was a product of hard work, a knowledge of the industry, hiring the right team, and investing two to three percent of the company’s revenue in marketing efforts.

“The success of our company was a process of trial and error,” continued White. “For example, in 2014, our focus was mainly on the success of our commercial design/build projects. It wasn’t until a quality interview and brainstorming among our staff that we realized the huge potential present in the residential sector. Our success is something other landscaping companies can use as a model for success and mimic our efforts to achieve the same level of growth.”

When it comes to growing a landscape company, K & D Landscaping believes the proof is in the numbers. Additional information about the recent article and the success of this company can be found by visiting the company’s website or by reaching out to the team via phone or email.


K & D Landscaping has been serving the local area for over three decades. The company started with a truck and a lawn mower but has now developed in to a successful and growing landscaping company. With the goal of creating functional and beautiful outdoor living areas for both residential and commercial clients, this company is experiencing explosive growth that shows no signs of slowing down.

Media Contact:
Justin White
Watsonville, CA 95076
phone: 831-728-4018



Monterey Peninsula College Horticulture Program Survey


We have been asked by MPC to ask for your input on this industry survey.

Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) is in the process of collecting information to identify gaps in the local labor market. One of the tools being used is a survey of local employers, those who hire folks with education and training in horticulture, to determine if there is a shortage of skilled workers. Please take a moment and fill out the survey. The information provided will inform college personnel about how to revise the existing Ornamental Horticulture program to be more relevant to employer needs. You will only be contacted if you give permission on the survey.

Thank you for participating in our survey!

If you have any questions please contact:
Judy Cutting
Dean of Instruction - Career and Technical Education
Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey, CA 93940
email: Phone: 831-646-4039 Fax: 831-655-2627

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July-August No Board Meeting

Central Coast Chapter CLCA on vacation