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Gardening Tips for February

  • Above 2000 ft. : prune deciduous fruit trees, cane berries
  • Below 200 ft.: prune grapes, roses, crepe myrtle. Paint trunks of bareroot and young fruit trees to prevent borers and protect from sunburn. Use interior white latex paint with equal amounts of water and apply generously.
  • Control earwigs and sow bugs with bait or traps.
  • Remove and discard old flowers from azaleas and camellias to reduce petal blight.
  • Divide asters, lilies, perennial phlox, chrysanthemums.
  • Work on removing dead and dying limbs and vegetation.
  • Check dates of Master Gardener classes.

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Of Presidents and Monarchs
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Tardigrades Aren't Microscopic Any More
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See Bugs, Bees and Nematodes on UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day
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Tsetse Flies: Who Knew?
Did you read the article in today's New York Times about tsetse flies and the scientists who research them? Totally fascinating. Tsetse fly expert Geoffrey Attardo, a medical entomologist and assistant professor with  the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, drew the attention of Pulitzer-Prize winning science writer Natalie Angier who penned the article, "Everywhere in the Animal Kingdom, Followers of the Milky Way" (subhead: "As scientists learn more about milk's evolution...

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