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  • Photo Credit: Ramona Jacobs, UC Master Gardener San Joaquin County
    June Garden Tips – Keeping Up with the Busy Garden

    Summer has arrived, bringing with it busier days and rising temperatures. Managing irrigation is quickly becoming the most critical task in the garden as the heat increases.  Here is a list of gardening activities to focus on this June: Plant...


    By Barbra Braaten
    Author - Statewide Communications Specialist
  • Spotted lanternfly, a pest CDFA is working proactively to keep out of California, strongly prefers tree-of-heaven. (Photo: USDA)
    UC Master Gardeners part of effort to eradicate invasive tree-of-heaven

    UC Master Gardeners across the state are on a scouting mission for the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), combing their communities and the local countryside to find the undesirable but common tree-of-heaven. In contrast to its...


    By Jeanette Warnett
    Author
    By Barbra Braaten
    Contact - Statewide Communications Specialist
  • UC ANR Giving Day
    Support Sustainable Gardening for UC ANR Giving Day, May 17

    It's time to come together and support the UC Master Gardener Program's mission, so save the date! May 17-18, from noon to noon, is the UC Master Gardener Program statewide giving day, UC ANR Giving Day. This special event invites you to help support...


    By Barbra Pushies
    Author - Statewide Communications Specialist
  • Winning Photos
    Celebrating the Winners of the 2024

    We are excited to announce the winners of the 2024 "Community in Bloom" Photo Contest! This year, we received an outpouring of incredible entries that captured community, creativity, and the spirit of the UC Master Gardener Program. A heartfelt thank you...


    By Barbra Pushies
    Author - Statewide Communications Specialist
  • Community Garden
    May Garden Tips – Getting Ready for Summer!

    May is here, and the summer heat is just around the corner.  There is so much happening in our gardens this month. Here is a list of things to do in May. Plant Vegetables: Plant warm-season vegetables and consider succession planting every...


    By Barbra Pushies
    Author - Statewide Communications Specialist
  • MG with heart color logo blue gloves gold trim
    Gardeners With Heart: Fostering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Watch video on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/4W_CYgEmNF8 As we bring National Volunteer Month to a close, we are honored to highlight a group of outstanding UC Master Gardener volunteers who have been nominated for their work in promoting...


    By Barbra Pushies
    Author - Statewide Communications Specialist
Pests in the Urban Landscape:
  • Pest prevention tips for June.
    June Pest Prevention Tips

    Summer is here and so are the pests! Keep an eye out for the following pests and take these steps to prevent problems in the garden or landscape this June. To see more tips specific to your region, visit the Seasonal Landscape IPM Checklist on...


  • Pampasgrass inflorescences. Photo by JLPC, Wikimedia Commons.
    Invasive Pest Spotlight: Pampasgrass & Jubatagrass

    Pampasgrass (Cortaderia selloana) is a common ornamental landscape plant that readily naturalizes throughout California's coastal areas and some interior regions. Historically, pampasgrass was planted for erosion control, but it has...


    By Lauren Fordyce
    Author - Urban and Community IPM Educator
  • Adult glassy-winged sharpshooter next to egg blister on underside of leaf. Photo by Jack Kelly Clark.
    Invasive Pest Spotlight: Glassy-winged Sharpshooter

    The glassy-winged sharpshooter is a large leafhopper that can transmit several important, often fatal, plant diseases in California. This includes Pierce's disease of grape, alfalfa dwarf, almond leaf scorch, and mulberry leaf scorch. Pierce's disease...


    By Lauren Fordyce
    Author - Urban and Community IPM Educator
  • Mature plant of hydrilla. Photo by Jack Kelly Clark.
    Invasive Pest Spotlight: Hydrilla

    Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata) is an invasive, aquatic weed that can be found in many slow-moving fresh water bodies in California. The plant forms large mats that can crowd out native plants, restrict water flow, and interfere with boating and...


    By Lauren Fordyce
    Author - Urban and Community IPM Educator
  • Adult Asian tiger mosquito,  Aedes albopictus. Photo by Jim Occi, BugPics, Bugwood.org.
    Invasive Pest Spotlight: Aedes Mosquitoes

    Aedes mosquitoes can transmit some of the most debilitating and deadly mosquito-borne pathogens to humans, such as Zika virus, dengue virus, chikungunya virus, and yellow fever virus. One Aedes species is also capable of transmitting heartworm to dogs....


    By Lauren Fordyce
    Author - Urban and Community IPM Educator
  • California Invasive Species Action Week is June 1-9, 2024.
    California Invasive Species Action Week 2024

    Help increase public awareness of invasive species and encourage participation in the ongoing fight against invasive species by celebrating California Invasive Species Action Week (CISAW) June 1- 9, 2024. Invasive species include non-native plants,...


    By Lauren Fordyce
    Author - Urban and Community IPM Educator
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