UCCE Master Gardeners of Tuolumne County
Gardening Tips for August
- Continue mulching to conserve soil moisture and control weeds.
- Keep harvesting vegetables for continued production.
- Do the final pruning of summer for fruit bushes.
- Prune apricots to avoid Eutypa fundus. Remove about 20% of this year's growth.
- To prevent the spread of brown rot, clean up debris around fruit trees and pick up dropped fruit.
- Control salt build-up on indoor plants; hose off the leaves and flush the soil with ample water.
- Attach bands of corrugated cardboard around apple tree trunks to trap codling moth larvae.
- Check dates of Master Gardener classes.
Have a Gardening Question?
Contact the Master Gardener Hotline: 209-533-5912 or fill out the "Ask a Master Gardener" online form.
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Have a turf lawn in the summer-dry foothills? Go to http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/TOOLS/TURF/ to learn how to test your sprinkler output.
Coping with Drought
Calendar of Events
Can You Bear It? Plush Water Bears Are All the Rage at the Bohart Museum of Entomology
Posted 8/14/2018 - Move over, teddy bears! There's a new bear in town. Stuiffed toy animals resembling tardigrades, aka "water bears," are all the rage at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's year-around gift shop at the University of California, Davis. The bright blue plush toys are just as cuddly, fluffy and pudgy--if not more so--than the traditional teddy bear. Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum and professor of entomology, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, wrote about the tardigrades...
Meet the 'Extreme Insects' Aug. 19 at Bohart Museum of Entomology Open House
Posted 8/13/2018 - Talk about extremes! Have you ever thought about how some insects have adapted to fire, ice, acid, hot water, salt and the desert? Have you ever seen an ambrosia beetle, a red turpentine beetle, an ice cricket, a brine fly or a sand wasp? You will if you attend the UC Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology open house on “Extreme Insects: Fire and Ice,” on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 19. The public event, to take place from 1 to 4 p.m. in Room 1124 of the Academic Surge Building, Crocker...
Bugs Share Spotlight with Pigs, Polar Bears and Pigeons: ACE Awards
Posted 8/10/2018 - This was a case of bugs sharing the spotlight with pigs, polar bears and pigeons. Six communicators affiliated with the University of California, Davis, or the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) received a total of 10 awards for excellence at the 2018 conference of the international Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Life and Human Sciences (ACE), held in Scottsdale, Ariz. They brought home five...
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Posted 8/9/2018 - The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout. Down came the rain and washed the spider out. Out came the sun and dried up all the rain and the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.--Nursery Rhyme It was an itsy bitsy spider. But it wasn't climbing up a water spout. It was lurking, waiting for prey, on our Mexican sunflower. This particular crab spider was quite visible--white on orange. Sometimes they're so camouflaged that you have to look twice to see them. We remember the...
Portrait of My Old Flame
Posted 8/8/2018 - Just call it "my old flame." Well, it's not mine, but it is a flame of sorts, a flame skimmer dragonfly (Libellula saturata) and it's firecracker red. We see this species frequenting our pollinator garden in Vacaville, which includes a fish pond, flower beds, and bamboo stakes for their perches. If you like dragonflies, you may want to purchase a dragonfly poster at the gift shop in the Bohart Museum of Entomology, located in Room 1124 of the Academic Surge building on Crocker Lane, UC...