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GARDENING TIPS

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IT’S FALL AND TIME TO THINK ABOUT:

• Planting Cool Season Edible Crops
• Have a peach tree? Don’t forget to protect them against
 peach leaf curl - on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day
Check weather forecasts for frost
N
ow is the best time to plant natives and spring blooming bulbs!

DECEMBER

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Don’t Choose Me!
Yes, they are pretty and all along the highway but they are non-native and invasive! Mexican feather grass and the ubiquitous ice plant are two examples that can outcompete native plants, and provide little or no benefit for our native fauna. Invasive plants can cause habitat loss, erosion and soil degradation.  Even though the nursery may carry them, avoid them. Learn which plants you should NOT choose for your winter planting

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The plant I like is not looking so good anymore and I want more. What to do?
This is a good time to divide and refresh your perennials.  You can make the plants thrive and create more of what you already like for your garden. Learn how to propagate your plants!

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Winter rain is coming! 
Capturing water and controlling the possible erosion and stormwater pollution prevention are good topics to refresh yourself about. Check out this Marin website.

Consider an arborist to help drought-stressed trees:  Do your trees a favor and get a certified arborist to check for dead limbs and signs of insect infestation.  You can find a list of certified arborists that can help you at this site.

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Who is wrecking my garden?
Could be a vole or a mole, but DON’T USE RODENTICIDES. For a winter project, try building your own owl box, or contact the Hungry Owl Project to acquire one to help you keep them and other rodents in check, and help the owls as well.


Problem Plants and the Help Desk
What’s wrong with my plant? Did you know that you can drop off a section of an ailing plant at the UCANR office and have an expert Master Gardener help you rescue your plant?  The office is now open for a few days a week. Call us at 415-473-4910 to learn when a Master Gardener will be in the office.  There is a box outside the office where you can drop off samples 24/7, with forms and gallon bags to contain your plant sample.

"Ask a Master Gardener..."

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Everything You Need to Know about Pruning Roses 1/14/2023
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FALL IS FOR PLANTING NATIVES: PLAN A NATIVE GARDEN WITH COLOR ALL YEAR ROUND

PROPAGATING NATIVE MILKWEED FOR THE MONARCHS

 

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