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Summer Lawn Care

Fertilizing a lawn. (Credit: Steven E. Lock)

Keep your lawn healthy during summer and throughout the year by learning more about proper mowing, watering, pest control, and maintenance. To do this, refer to the UC Guide to Healthy Lawns, an online publication specifically about lawn care. What's...

Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 11:00 PM

Removing Poison Oak

Poison-oak growing on a tree as a climbing vine. (Credit: Joseph M. DiTomaso)

Before hiking, backpacking, or camping, people are warned to avoid poison oak. But what should you do if you find it growing on property that you own or manage? Careful removal of poison oak is essential, since many people are allergic to it and can...

Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 10:00 PM

Rat Management in School and Community Gardens

Rat. (Credit: Niamh Quinn)

It is important for food-safety reasons to manage rats in school and community gardens. Rats and other wildlife can carry a number of diseases that can be deposited in the form of urine and feces on fruit, vegetables, and in the soil. Rats can also...

Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 9:52 PM

Oak Galls

Oak apple galls on valley oak. (Credit: Jack Kelly Clark)

What are those curious, colorful, odd-looking growths you've seen growing on oak trees? Ever wonder what those little seeds are that jump around on the ground underneath oak trees in July or August? You might be surprised to know these growths on oaks...

Posted on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 10:00 PM

Seeing Japanese beetles in your California landscape? Not likely.

Japanese beetle (Credit: D. Cappaert, Bugwood.org)

Originally posted August 26, 2016; edited July 10, 2018 Have you seen big green beetles in your California yard or garden? Or beetles feeding on your roses or other plants? There are many kinds of beetles commonly found in our landscapes, but the...

Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 10:00 PM

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