Just read a great tip posted by PlantRight - If you have any trees and shrubs that need pruning, do it now when the birds are NOT nesting.
As the article below from PlantRight suggests fall is a great time to plant. Here in Southern California, our mild weather allows to continue planting through November. So get out there and start digging, come next Spring, you will be glad you did.
Fall into Planting @_PlantRight
Asking yourself a few questions before planting will set your garden up for success. Not all plants will grow in all conditions, each plant has specific environmental needs. It's important to understand the growing conditions in your garden to determine which plants will thrive in your environment and how to best utilize your space.
- Are you planting in the ground, in a raised bed, or in a pot?
- Does your garden get full sun, partial sun or shade during which times of day?
- Which type of soil do you have (loamy, sandy or clay)?
Once you've determined the growing conditions in your garden it's time for a trip to your local nursery! Look on the plant tags for plants with growing conditions that fit with your environment. When walking around the nursery remember that everything you buy will grow so think small. The less mature plants are also less expensive, and they will catch up to their larger counterparts.
Early Fall is the ideal time to plant in most regions of California. Plant in early Fall (September – October) to help roots establish before the summer heat returns and allow winter rains to water thirsty young plants. Trees, shrubs and certain edibles and perennials do best when planted during Fall. Ask your local nursery or garden center when the best time(s) is to plant in your area!
Preparing to plant
- Study Your Space: Learn your garden's growing climate, soil type and light conditions to determine which plants will do best in your space. Sunset climate zone maps are helpful in determining the growing climate in your region, including temperature, rainfall, wind, etc. Different areas may have micro-climates with better drainage, more sunlight or rockier soil. It can be helpful to take photos in the morning, midday and afternoon to see how much sun there is throughout the day.
- Plan your space: Now that you understand your garden's growing conditions, plan what types of plants you'd like to put where. Grouping plants by watering needs help conserve water. It's important to remember that plants will grow so consider structures and power line when finding a home for plants, especially trees.
- Amend the Soil: Healthy plants need healthy soil so the first step is to determine what type of soil you have. If needed, amend your soil with compost for added nutrients. Always use a fresh bag of soil for containers. Remember to mix well, you want to give the roots nutrients in every layer of soil.
- Pick your plants: Once you've determined the growing condition in your garden it's time for a trip to your local nursery! Make a list of what types of plants (shrubs, trees, flowers or succulent) will thrive in your space. Plant tags will give you an idea of what you should expect: the size of the plant, sun, soil and temperature requirements. Not sure which plant will work best? Find some beautiful water-wise plant options here and ask a nursery professional what the best water-wise plant options are for your garden.
- Dig in!: Dig a hole about twice the width of the root ball and the same depth. The crown of the plant (everything above the soil line on the root ball) should remain above ground.
- Fall into Planting: Now it's time to plant! Loosen up the root ball by slightly. Carefully place your plant's roots in the hole and fill in the rest with soil, pressing down gently around the stem. Save the plant care instructions for future reference.
- Water well: Water thoroughly immediately after planting. This will ensure that there are no air pockets in the soil around the roots and give your plant a head start in establishing the root system. Determine the appropriate watering schedule for your plant when it is newly established and how you will be watering. Installing a drip system or soaker hose with a timer is a great way to maximize water efficiency and take one item off your to-do list. Check with your local water agency to see how often and when you can water.
- Mulch: Mulch helps deter pests and retains moisture in the soil. Place a 3- to 4- inch layer of mulch around the plant, leaving at least 3-6 inches between the base of the plant and mulch to prevent root rot.
- A few weeks after planting feed with compost or fertilizer to provide the micronutrients for your plant to thrive.
- Enjoy!: Grab a glass of lemonade or wine and pull up a chair in your new garden. You deserve it!
- Shovel or trowel
- Container (optional)
- Drip irrigation and timer (optional)
- Author: Cheryl A Reynolds
- Editor: Tammy Majcherek
It's time for DPR license and certificate holders renew—get units via online courses from UC IPM
—Cheryl Reynolds, UC Statewide IPM Program
November has arrived, and before you know it we'll be ringing in 2018! For those who hold a license or certificate from the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), and have a last name starting with the letter M through Z, this is your year to renew.
DPR is urging license and certificate holders to mail in applications now to avoid late fees and to allow enough time for processing so that you can receive your new license or certificate by the beginning of the new year. Renewing early gives DPR time to notify you if you are short any continuing education (CE) hours and allows you time to complete any additional CE courses without having to retest.
If you need more hours to complete your renewal application and don't have time to attend an in-person meeting, then check out the online courses available from the UC Statewide IPM Program (UC IPM).
The following UC IPM and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources online courses have been approved by DPR and are available whenever and wherever you want to take them.
Laws and Regulations
- Proper Pesticide Use to Avoid Illegal Residues (2 hours) $40.00 charge
- Providing Integrated Pest Management Services in Schools and Child Care Settings (1 hour Laws and Regulations and 1 hour Other)
- Citrus IPM: California Red Scale (1 hour)
- Citrus IPM: Citricola Scale (1 hour)
- Citrus IPM: Citrus Peelminer (1 hour)
- Citrus IPM: Citrus Red Mite (1 hour)
- Citrus IPM: Cottony Cushion Scale (1 hour)
- Citrus IPM: Forktailed Bush Katydid (1 hour)
- Pesticide Application Equipment and Calibration (1.5 hours)
- Pesticide Resistance (2 hours)
- Tuta absoluta: A Threat to California Tomatoes (1 hour)
- Urban Pesticide Runoff and Mitigation: IPM – Pesticide Properties (1 hour)
- Urban Pesticide Runoff and Mitigation: Impact of Pesticides - Urban Pesticide Runoff (1 hour)
- Urban Pesticide Runoff and Mitigation: Water Quality and Mitigation: Bifenthrin and Fipronil (1 hour)
- Urban Pesticide Runoff and Mitigation: Herbicides and Water Quality (1 hour)
For those of you with last names A through L (or those of you who want to get a jump on your CE hours), look for new online courses from UC IPM coming in early 2018.
View the list of all DPR-approved online or in-person courses. For more information on the license and certification program and renewal information, visit the DPR website.
For more information about pest management and other training opportunities, see the UC IPM website.
Yes, you read correctly. The UC ANR South Coast REC will have several varieties of cherimoyas available to taste in addition to the persimmons during our annual "persimmon" tasting on Thursday, November 9th. Come on out and give your taste buds a treat with these fall delicacies.
9:00 am to 10:00 am VIP Activity (see below) Pre-registration and fee required
10:30 am to 11:00 am Lecture – Safe Food Handling & Persimmon Recipe Options - free
11:00 am to 12:30pm Persimmon and Cherimoya Tasting - free
SUCCULENT PLANT SALE - BLOW OUT PRICES!!! 10:00 AM TO 12:30 PM
For more information go to http://screc.ucanr.edu/?calitem=376819&g=68933
Location: 7601 Irvine Blvd. Irvine, CA 92618
The state law is clear. The City of Irvine's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) policy does not affect the use of pesticides on a private property, including home owners associations (HOA). Only properties managed by the City a covered by this policy. Some HOAs have voluntarily agreed to follow the same IPM plan as the City and some have even taken it a step further by stipulating that the HOA will not use any synthetic pesticides (including herbicides) or fertilizer on HOA managed property.
Nevertheless, just because you can, does not always mean that you should and people using pesticides on their own property should use them with caution. Pesticides spray can drift onto non-target areas and granules and spray residue on hard surfaces can be carried away by rain or irrigation runoff. Pesticides are often used in reaction to an immediate problem that could have been anticipated and managed through the use of another method, such as using mulch for suppressing weeds in landscape beds. If you do choose to use a pesticide, the best choices are those that have least impact on human and environmental health and only affect the pest that you want to control.
All pesticides, even those advertised as being organic, are toxic at a high enough concentration and exposure. Before using a pesticide, check to see if there is another way you can control the problem. For weeds, consider using a trimmer for edging, overseeding a lawn, hand-pulling, and using mulch in landscape beds. For insects and plant diseases, trimming off stems, washing off plants, changing the e method and amount of irrigation can reduce the impact of those problems.