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UCCE Master Gardeners of Tuolumne County

Gardening Tips for April

  • Pinch chrysanthemums back to 6 inches every month through July.
  • Trim dead flowers but not leaves, from spring bulbs.
  • Mulch cane berries, cut out all old canes and reset new canes in twine.
  • Cultivate and pull weed seedling now to prevent bloom.
  • Check irrigation system and perform maintenance as needed.
  • Check hoses as needed for fire protection.
  • Prune apples, pears, any shoot tips with powdery mildew or fireblight; azaleas, rhododendrons, flowering fruit trees after bloom if needed, spring flowering shrubs, frost-damaged growth.
  • Mow or cultivate grass around orchards to discourage thrips and plant bugs. Best time for cleft graphing.
  • Control slugs, snails and earwigs with traps or barriers.
  • Thoroughly clean debris from ponds, fountains and bird baths.
  • Check dates of Master Gardener classes.

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Who Invited Bugs to the UC Davis Picnic Day?
Posted 4/20/2018 - Who invited bugs to the UC Davis Picnic Day? Well, UC Davis officials and the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology did! Yes! All systems are "go" for the 104th annual UC Davis Picnic Day, an all-day event on Saturday, April 21 when scores of visitors, aka picnickers, will stroll the campus. It promises to be both educational and entertaining. The UC Davis Picnic Day Committee offered a pre-view Thursday noon at the Quad. Bohart Museum of Entomology representatives--Wade...

You Won't Believe What You'll See at the Bohart Museum on Picnic Day
Posted 4/19/2018 - Take heed. The 104th annual UC Davis Picnic Day theme is “Where the Sun Shines.” The sun is expected to shine throughout much of the campus on Picnic Day, Saturday, April 21, but it won't be shining in this place. Not a chance. It's where the sun doesn't shine. Think "south end of a beaver." The Bohart Museum of Entomology open house, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will focus on nocturnal insects, cave dwelling insects and "yes, beaver parasitic beetles or Platypsyllus castoris, an...

Honey Tasting at UC Davis Picnic Day: Berry, Berry Good!
Posted 4/18/2018 - Honey has been called "the nectar of the gods" and "the soul of a field of flowers." Whatever it's called, it's all good. And when the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology hosts a honey tasting on Saturday, April 21 as part of the UC Davis 104th annual UC Davis Picnic Day, it promises to be "berry, berry good." "Berry good" as in honey made from berries. Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño and staff will offer "a taste of honey"--of such honey varietals as blackberry,...

Just Buggin' You at UC Davis PIcnic Day
Posted 4/17/2018 - Let's do the alliteration: Bugs at Briggs and bugs at the Bohart. That's what's on tap on Saturday, April 21 during the 104th annual campuswide UC Davis Picnic Day, when faculty, staff and graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of  Entomology and Nematology share their love of insects at activities at Briggs Hall and the Bohart Museum of Entomology. This bug's for you. That one, too. And the one over there, too. That's yours. At least for a little while. You...

Kent Daane Seminar: Spotlight on Spotted Wing Drosophila
Posted 4/16/2018 - (Editor's Note: If you missed the seminar, you can view it here on YouTube at https://youtu.be/KVTGmDo2LLQ). Recorded by George Terry of UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology) The spotlight is on spotted wing drosophila, a major fruit crop pest that wreaks economic havoc throughout the world. Native to Southeast Asia, Drosophila suzukii infests soft-skinned fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches and grapes. The insect was first...

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