No plans scheduled for the weekend? Come check out the UC ANR 10th Annual Urban Landscape and Garden Education Expo - fun for everyone!
Activities for the Whole Family!
Explore the sustainable gardening practices at work in the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Demonstration Landscapes - including rainwater harvesting, low-water plantings, more efficient irrigation, composting, mulching and environmentally friendly pest control alternatives. Docent-led tours will be offered throughout this event.
Taste fresh, seasonal fruit grown at the University of California ANR South Coast Research & Extension Center. Learn food preservation methods from UC Cooperative Extension Master Food Preservers of Orange County
Kids – check out the youth garden for games and activities and be sure to stop by for a picture at the Urban Chicken booth or do a craft and meet some furry friends at the 4-H Youth Development Program booth.
View a demonstration on butterflies, garden tool care, self-watering containers, or food preservation.
Get answers to your landscape questions from University of California experts, UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Orange County, various industry exhibitors and local water agencies. The ever popular “Doctors Are In” will be available throughout this event to answer any of your landscape, irrigation, and pest management questions.
Grab a burger or hot dog, maybe a fresh-made doughnut or snow cone, in support of the 4-H Teen Council.
Succulents and other plants available for sale – cash or checks only.
This is a FREE event hosted by University of California ANR South Coast Research & Extension Center, Cooperative Extension – Orange County, with support from Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Irvine Ranch Water District, Mountain States Wholesale Nursery, Elevations, Filtrexx, and County of Orange Public Education Stormwater Program.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
9 am to 2 pm
7601 Irvine Blvd., Irvine, CA
Directions, updates and additional details at: www.ucanr.edu/sites/urbanwatermgmt
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National Honey Bee Day 2018: Brush up on your knowledge of bee protection
Author: Stephanie Parreira
Celebrate National Honey Bee Day by brushing up on your knowledge of bee protection—check out the newly revised Best Management Practices to Protect Bees from Pesticides and Bee Precaution Pesticide Ratingsfrom UC IPM. These resources will help you strike the right balance between applying pesticides to protect crops and reducing the risk of harming our most important pollinators.
The best management practices now contain important information regarding the use of adjuvants and tank mixes, preventing the movement of pesticide-contaminated dust, and adjusting chemigation practices to reduce bee exposure to pesticide-contaminated water. The Bee Precaution Pesticide Ratings have also been updated to include ratings for 38 new pesticides, including insecticides (baits, mixtures, and biological active ingredients), molluscicides (for snail and slug control), and fungicides.
Most tree and row crops are finished blooming by now, but it is a good idea to learn about bee protection year-round. Visit these resources today to choose pesticides that are least toxic to bees and learn how you can help prevent bees from being harmed by pesticide applications.
Linda also would like to point out more HLB-positive trees have been found in Orange County, more than even Los Angeles County where the disease was first discovered in California.
'We can see what this disease has already done to the Florida citrus industry and economy; we still have the ability to avoid that same scenario in California if we work prudently and in a timely manner.'
Contact your local UC Master Garden Program for information.
Beyond your threshold of frustration? There are methods to treat for this annoying pest that are environmentally sound which can be found at the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program website. Not only will you find information about ants and other pests such as snails, slugs, aphids, etc., you can learn about beneficial insects too.
But, if you are determined to do a spray application with an insecticide yourself, or plan to call a pest management professional, be sure to read about the new Fipronil, a pesticide commonly used to combat ants and other pests, label restrictions at http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=27509.