UC IPM August webinar is free to the public
Dandelions may be the easiest weed to identify,
if not always to eradicate. Other weeds are trickier.
(Photo: Kathy Morrison)
Weeds are sneaky, often resembling plants we may want in the garden. This month's free webinar from the UC Integrated Pest Management Program is designed to help gardeners identify and control weeds in gardens and landscapes.
"Weed Identification" will be presented at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19. John Roncoroni, weed science farm adviser emeritus, is the instructor for this session. Webinars run for one hour. The series is free and open to the public but advance registration is required. Register here.
The next webinar, "Identifying Insect Pests in the Home and Garden," will be presented 1 p.m. Sept. 16, presented by Elaine Lander of the UC Statewide IPM Program. Registration for that webinar is here .
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Dig In: Garden Checklist
For week of March 19:
Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:
* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.
* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.
* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.
* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.
* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.
* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to fight blossom blight.
* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.
* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.
* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.
* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.
* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.
* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.
* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.
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