UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County
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UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County

UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County

Garden Tips for May

  • Set out traps for earwigs, slugs, and whitefly.
  • Thin pit fruits at or before pit hardening.
  • Thin apples when ½” diameter.
  • Mow grass or cultivate soil around orchard to discourage thrips and plant bugs.
  • Mulch around plants to control weeds and conserve moisture. Be sure to leave a small circle of bare soil around the base of each plant.
  • Deep water trees and shrubs. Build water basins, but do not allow water to stand against the trunks.
  • Prepare dahlia bed with rich soil.
  • For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers.
  • Hang strips of foil or CD’s in fruit trees to help deter birds.
  • As spring=flowering shrubs finish blooming, prune to shape, removing old and dead wood.
  • Trim hedges; lightly trim azaleas, fuchsias, bushier plants.
  • Thoroughly clean debris from ponds, fountains and bird baths.
  • Check dates of Master Gardener classes.

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Master Gardeners of El Dorado County are here to answer your gardening questions!

Bring a sample for identification, or drop by to ask questions. If you bring a sample, please put plant material in a plastic bag. For insect identification, don't bring them alive! Please preserve insects in a container with rubbing alcohol, or by freezing. Samples may be left at the main building from 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday for a future call from a Master Gardener.

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