The three-part Garden Design workshop series provides participants with the basic tool kit to create a water conserving landscape whether on their own or with the help of a contractor. Major focus of the workshop centered on how irrigation, plants and growth, and living space come together.
But.... how do you know if it is a weed, or maybe a native plant whose seeds have been dormant, or something shared by a friendly critter?
You can check out the Calflora website database and learn about plants that grow wild in California - both native and weeds.
Or, if you think something might be overly invasive, go through the California Invasive Plant Council gallery - a very extensive collection of photos to find out if it is a landscape friend or foe.
The Vertebrate Pest Council is hosting a seminar series this year in conjunction with new partner Target Specialty Products. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn about wildlife management of a number of bird and mammalian species from staff at the University of California, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Department of Food and Agriculture, the Department of Pesticide Regulation and more!
Both structural and DPR continuing education units are available and Vector CEUs have been approved for some venues. For more information on these workshops, hosted in Sacramento, Oxnard, Anaheim and Visalia this year, please check out www.vpconference.org.
Keep up to date with IPM news at Pest in the Urban Landscape.
If you turned your irrigation on during the recent "dry" spell, be sure to turn the controller off.
Be sure to check the moisture of you soil before you turn your irrigation back on. With the lower night time, and even daytime, temperatures most landscapes will be able to go a week or two without watering. However, do check your container plants as those can dry out quicker.