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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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For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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