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Take a tour of UC Davis trees

Just in time for fall color, new self-guided tour teaches about varieties on campus

Chinese pistache trees are putting on a show this fall. See many varieties of trees in full color on the walking tour of the UC Davis campus, including the Arboretum and Public Garden.

Chinese pistache trees are putting on a show this fall. See many varieties of trees in full color on the walking tour of the UC Davis campus, including the Arboretum and Public Garden.

Kathy Morrison

Have you noticed? We’re having a spectacular tree season!

This month, maples, pistaches, ginkgos and other deciduous trees are putting on a colorful show with rich reds, golds and oranges.

Before those leaves are gone, check out the gorgeous trees at the UC Davis Arboretum with the help of a new self-guided tour of campus trees.

“This tour moves you through a 1.5-mile loop on the UC Davis campus while teaching you about both common and unique tree species,” says the arboretum staff. “It’s perfect for navigating in-person from your smartphone!”

You also can check it out on your laptop computer or tablet. Find the links here:

The tour and virtual resources were created by students participating in the arboretum’s Learning by Leading Tree Stewardship program. Among the thousands of trees on campus, 21 specimens are highlighted on the self-guided tour.

For visitors to the arboretum, parking on campus is free on holidays and weekends.

Besides the tour, the students also came up with several other tree-friendly resources including webpages on the benefits of trees in a suburban environment, the effects of climate change on our trees and forests, and details on a Campus and Community Action Plan with ways students and residents can support their tree canopy.

More details and links:

-- Debbie Arrington


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For week of Dec. 10:

Take advantage of these dry but crisp conditions. It’s time to get out the rake!

* Rake leaves away from storm drains and keep gutters clear.

* Fallen leaves can be used for mulch and compost. Chop up large leaves with a couple of passes with a lawn mower.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they’re dormant. Without their foliage, trees are easier to prune.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Make sure to take frost precautions with new transplants and sensitive plants. Mulch, water and cover tender plants in the late afternoon to retain warmth.

* Succulent plants are at particular risk if temperatures drop below freezing. Don’t water succulents before frost; cover instead. Use cloth sheets, not plastic. Make sure to remove coverings during the day.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eaves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Plant garlic (December's the last chance -- the ground is getting cold!) and onions for harvest in summer.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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