Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of California
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources


Drought Triage: Keeping Plants Alive When Water is Scarce

Keep birdbaths clean, Laura Lukes

While you might not be able to save them all, you can take precautions in your garden that will save the plants it makes sense to save, define your gardening priorities, and plan for continuing drought conditions in our Northern California Mediterranean...

Posted on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 5:00 AM
Focus Area Tags: Yard & Garden

There’s a danger in over-simplifying California water conservation

California's developed water is vital to urban areas, irrigated agriculture and the environment.

You hear it every time drought returns to California: “Turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth.” “Collect shower water in a bucket before it warms up.” While valuable, these tried and true drought resilience strategies can...

Posted on Monday, June 7, 2021 at 8:20 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment

Vegetable Gardening During Drought

Straw mulch on growing garlic, Jeanette Alosi

As we enter another summer of drought, conserving water is essential.  Luckily, there are a number of ways you can significantly reduce water use in your vegetable garden. Before planting a single seed, a good first step in vegetable gardening is...

Posted on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 5:00 AM
Focus Area Tags: Yard & Garden

Connecting to the Changes Around Us

drought monitor

Get Ready to learn more about our fragile world and how to deal with drought, heat, fire, winds and climate change   https://www.drought.gov/states/California   https://ucanr.edu/sites/fire/ And a lot more information on fire,...

Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 7:00 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment

It's Time to Begin Water Saving in the Garden.

Drought map at 5.6.21. (abc7news.com)

By Susanne von Rosenberg, UC Master Gardener of Napa County   As a gardener, you are doubtlessly painfully aware of how little rainfall we had during our last rainy season. According to the United States Drought Monitor, Napa (along with more than...

Trees Come First During the Drought!

Palo Verde

During the drought, your trees should come first! Because many well-maintained trees don't reach their prime until their 4th or 5th decade, it's important to keep them watered during the drought and water restrictions. Older trees absorb higher levels of...

Posted on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 10:41 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Be part of the solution: Plant drought, heat, and pest resistant trees to combat urban heat islands

Well Maintained Park Tree

Our population of urban trees is shrinking! You can help turn this around by protecting your own trees and by planting new ones recommended for your climate and the conditions around your home. For more on this topic, please revisit my February blog for...

Posted on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 9:20 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Health, Natural Resources

Drought-tolerant plants can save water, but beware of those that are toxic

UC Master Gardener Francie Murphy in her succulent garden.

UC Master Gardener Francie Murphy was pruning the succulents in her San Diego front yard when an unfortunate accident catalyzed her commitment to communicating the dangers of toxic plants. She...

Posted on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 9:15 AM
Focus Area Tags: Yard & Garden

'Trees for Tomorrow Start Today' Workshop (via Zoom) March 9, 2021 (8:15 AM - 3:00 PM)

Trees photo 1

Landscape trees provide shade, cool urban heat islands, reduce interior energy use and related costs, provide habitat for pollinators and wildlife, and beautify our communities. They also help clean our environment by absorbing carbon dioxide emitted by...

UCCE Programs During Covid 19: Rangeland Wednesdays - Tina Saitone UCCE Ag. Economist

Working Rangelands Tina Saitone

Join us for our next webinar on Wednesday, June 17th at 1pm PDT, which will feature Dr. Tina Saitone, CE Specialist in Agricultural and Resource Economics,  presenting "Can you Insure Against Drought? Information and...

Posted on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 2:38 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture
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