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  • Febraury gardening tips from the UC Master Gardener Program! February is the perfect time to plant bare root roses for stunning blooms in the spring and summer. Credit:
    Give Your Garden Some Love! February Gardening Tips

      Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than to show your garden a little love? February means it is time to start planning and preparing your spring and summer garden. These gardening tips...


    By Skylar Peters
    Author
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    Now Accepting Submissions for the Search for Excellence

    Submissions for the UC Master Gardener Search for Excellence (SFE) competition are now being accepted thru May 1, 2023.  The SFE competition happens triennially and coincides with the statewide UC Master Gardner conference taking place October...


    By Lauren Snowden
    Author - Statewide Training Coordinator
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    How to Celebrate Seed Swap Day this Month

    Will you be participating in National Seed Swap Day this year? Seed swap day will take place on Saturday, January 28th, and is a reminder that spring is soon on its way! The first official seed swap day was held on Jan. 26, 2006, in Washington, DC. It...


    By Skylar Peters
    Author
  • A flooded backyard in Elk Grove, Calif. following exceptional amounts of rain in January. Taking steps to improve drainage and reduce water damage following flooding is crucial to the health of your plants and lawn. Photo credit: Erica Schroepfer, used with permission.
    How to Care for Flood and Water-Damaged Plants

    Proper irrigation and drainage are critically important for the health of plants and trees. But what happens when Mother Nature throws an atmospheric river curveball, and your yard or garden is now under water from heavy rains or floods? Good...


    By Melissa G. Womack
    Author - Communications Specialist III
    By Missy Gable
    Author - Director
  • January is a great time to maintain, clean, and sharpen your garden tools. Photo © UC Regents.
    New Year, New Garden! January Gardening Tips

    Happy New Year from the statewide UC Master Gardener Program. Gardening in January can be a challenge with the cold weather and shorter days. However, January can be an excellent month for garden maintenance and preparing your landscape for spring...


    By Melissa G. Womack
    Editor - Communications Specialist III
    By Skylar Peters
    Author
  • Photo credit: Binyamin Mellish
    Common soil problems in the garden, and how to fix them!

    Soil quality is critical to healthy plants and is a vital part of our living ecosystem. Soil is alive with organisms; their populations change depending on what is added, how the soil is used, and environmental conditions. Soil health, much like our...


    By Melissa G. Womack
    Author - Communications Specialist III
Pests in the Urban Landscape:
  • A groundhog eating a flower.
    Happy Groundhog Day!

    As you may know, Groundhog Day is observed on February 2nd to predict if there will be an early spring or if six more weeks of winter are in order. Groundhogs are large, ground-dwelling rodents found mainly on the East Coast that can cause severe damage...


    By Lauren Fordyce
    Author - Urban and Community IPM Educator
  • Blooming Bermuda buttercup next to a residential fence.
    Weeds in Landscape Plantings

    [Originally featured in the Winter 2022 Issue of UC IPM's Green Bulletin Newsletter] Weeds can be a problem in any landscaped areas including around trees, shrubs, flower beds, or lawns and turf. As we move from cool weather to warmer temperatures, you...


  • Emerald ash borer. Photo by Howard Russell, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org
    Important Invasive Species Updates

    Invasive pest species threaten California's natural environment and can have an impact on public health. Help spread the word about these invasive species and how to limit their introduction, spread, and harm. Learn to recognize these pests and...


    By Karey Windbiel-Rojas
    Author - Associate Director for Urban & Community IPM/ Area Urban IPM Advisor
    By Lauren Fordyce
    Editor - Urban and Community IPM Educator
  • A flooded backyard in Elk Grove, Calif. following exceptional amounts of rain in January. Taking steps to improve drainage and reduce water damage following flooding is crucial to the health of your plants and lawn. Photo credit: Erica Schroepfer, used with permission.
    How to Care for Flood and Water-Damaged Plants

    [Originally published on the UC Master Gardener Program Statewide Blog on January 10, 2023] Proper irrigation and drainage are critically important for the health of plants and trees. But what happens when Mother Nature throws an atmospheric...


    By Melissa G. Womack
    Author - Communications Specialist III
    By Missy Gable
    Author - Director
    By Lauren Fordyce
    Posted by - Urban and Community IPM Educator
  • Credit: Steve Garner, Flikr.
    Wet Weather Dos and Don'ts

    An immense amount of rain has fallen across California in recent weeks. While rain is incredibly beneficial, in excess it can cause serious problems. The continued wet conditions opens the door for many pests, so see the list of dos and don'ts below...


    By Lauren Fordyce
    Author - Urban and Community IPM Educator
  • IPM with Diego graphic.
    IPM with Diego: New UC IPM YouTube Series

    Check out UC IPM's new YouTube series IPM with Diego! These short videos are presented from the viewpoint of Diego, a teenager who is not an expert in pest management. However, he explains basic integrated pest management concepts using...


    By Lauren Fordyce
    Author - Urban and Community IPM Educator
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