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Added February 8, 2016
If you go looking for a bumble bee, you might find a butterfly. And vice versa. The UC Davis Arboretum last Saturday (Feb. 6), was just starting to "get its spring on." We spotted a few honey bees and syrphid flies foraging on daphne (Daphne odora) in...
Added February 7, 2016
I recently read a Houzz article by Benjamin Vogt entitled 4 Tips for Designing a Wildlife-Friendly Small Garden. It's a useful article, and I'd encourage you to read it, but I thought it might be nice to take it one step further and recommend some...
Added February 5, 2016
Are you ready for a Super Day of Science? The University of California, Davis is preparing for its fifth annual Biodiversity Museum Day. Set from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, it's a campuswide open house showcasing 11 specialized research and...
Added February 4, 2016
If you're around the UC Davis campus on Friday, Feb. 5, be sure to wear red. Faculty, staff and students--and everyone else interested--will take over Hutchison Field, UC Davis campus, on Friday for the third annual UC Davis Wears Red Day. It's meant...
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Plan for Spring. Winter is a great time to evaluate what grew well and what didn't - and what changes you might want to make.
Protect steep slopes. With El Nino's arrival, consider cover crops, native plants and/or jute netting to prevent erosion.
Add organic matter. Top dress soil with compost or aged manure for dramatically healthier plants in the Spring.
Consider rain water catchment. Creating a sustainable, water neutral irrigation system will help get through dry periods.
Dial back irrigation. Irrigation controllers should changed with the seasons. Better yet, consider a "smart" irrigation controller that automatically adjusts for rain, temperature, soil and plant conditions.