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UC Davis now a Bee Campus USA

What's the buzz? UC Davis is now a Bee Campus USA affiliate.
(Photo: Kathy Morrison)

University becomes part of nationwide pollinator-friendly network

There’s a new buzz about UC Davis. It’s the first University of California campus to be certified as a Bee Campus USA affiliate.

What does that mean? Through the efforts of the UC Davis Arboretum and other pollinator-friendly initiatives, UC Davis has become a particularly welcoming place for bees.

The certification comes from the Xerces Society, a non-profit organization that promotes bee conservation. UC Davis joins more than 165 other communities and colleges that are part of the Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA network; UC Davis is the 78th college or university to receive the recognition.

The Bee Campus USA program “aspires to make people more PC — pollinator conscious,” Scott Hoffman Black, executive director of the Xerces Society, said in UC Davis’ announcement. “If lots of individuals and communities begin planting native, pesticide-free flowering trees, shrubs and perennials, it will help to sustain many, many species of pollinators.”

As part of its new status, UC Davis formed a committee to develop a Campus Pollinator Habitat Plan to keep tabs on pollinator progress as well as host outreach programs. Read the full announcement here;

UC Davis is also home to the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, a habitat devoted to bee happiness. About 30 different species of bees have been spotted in The Haven so far this year.

Learn more about them during The Haven’s 10 a.m. open house Thursday, Aug. 8. Admission is free. The Haven is located in west campus near the UC Davis airport and the Laidlaw Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road.



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It's still not warm enough to transplant tomatoes directly in the ground, but we’re getting there.

* April is the last chance to plant citrus trees such as dwarf orange, lemon and kumquat. These trees also look good in landscaping and provide fresh fruit in winter.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden needs nutrients. Fertilize shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash.

* Plant onion sets.

* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias.

* Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom.

* Mid to late April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce seedlings. Choose varieties that mature quickly such as loose leaf.

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