Spring is almost here and temperatures are already increasing. Warm, sunny days paired with stagnant water left over from rainstorms create the perfect mosquito breeding habitat.
It's too soon to tell the future regarding the intensity of the West Nile virus in California. However, more rainfall means there is an increased potential for mosquito breeding sites.
Your active participation can help reduce mosquito populations. Follow these guidelines:
- Dump water out of buckets, tires, flowerpots and other containers.
- Clean clogged rain gutters.
- Eliminate tarps or other sources that hold water.
- Keep screen doors and windows in good condition.
- Report neglected swimming...
- Author: Dennis Pittenger
[From the August 2015 issue of the UC IPM Green Bulletin]
Q. How much water do landscapes use in California?
A. Landscape irrigation accounts for only about 9% of total statewide developed water use, but the percentage varies widely among communities. Water applied to landscapes is estimated to account for about 50% of residential water consumption statewide, but the amount varies from about 30% in some coastal communities to 60% or more in many inland suburban communities.
Q. Does a landscape have to.../span>
- Author: Karrie Reid
[From March 2014 issue of the Retail Nursery and Garden Center IPM News.]
Anything used to cover the surface of the soil in a landscape or garden is called mulch. Most retail nurseries and garden centers sell a variety of mulch products in smaller bagged quantities or rolls. Mulch may be inorganic, like rock or chipped rubber; organic, such as straw, shredded leaves, chipped wood or bark; or synthetic landscape fabric. Mulch is often confused with compost; but while compost may be used as mulch, its primary use is as a soil amendment. Generally, larger-sized organic materials used.../span>