UCCE Master Gardeners of Calaveras County
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UCCE Master Gardeners of Calaveras County

UCCE Master Gardeners of Calaveras County

Gardening 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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Train the Trainer Workshops

Tree Mortality - Replanting After the Trees Die

El Dorado Workshop: June 6, 9am - 4pm
Tuolumne Workshop: June 14, 9am - 4pm

See the Tree Mortality - Replanting After the Trees Die webpage for details.

Got a Gardening Question?

Calaveras County Master Gardeners are here to answer your gardening questions!

  • Office hours: 10-Noon, Wednesdays
    • 891 Mountain Ranch Road in San Andreas
  • Phone: 209-754-2880
  • On-line: Ask a Master Gardener

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.

Newsletter

Each month we produce a newsletter with monthly to-do list, upcoming events and articles to help you garden in Calaveras County.

Read our March 2017 newsletter.

To subscribe, email calmastergardener@gmail.com.

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Master Gardeners in the Press

Master Gardeners regularly contribute articles to local newspapers.  See their latest gardening news and advice!

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