Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

July, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Improved Shrub

National News

The Texas Superstar Plant Program at Texas A & M University takes well-known plants and develops unique selections with new characteristics. In 2005 breeders improved upon a common landscape shrub...

New Corn Earworm Control

Corn earworm is a big problem for gardeners across the country. An old-fashioned yet effective organic control is to apply a several drops of mineral oil on the corn silks (where the adult moths...

Clay Controls Weeds

Over the past decade, kaolin clay was introduced as a disease and insect control for various crops (see "High Tech Dust Foils Pests" ). Now, new research from the USDA suggests that this clay...

No-Mow Grass

It's midsummer and many gardeners are getting tired of mowing the lawn. There's no getting around mowing a manicured Bermuda grass or Kentucky bluegrass lawn, but if you have an orchard, vacation...

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In the Garden


Bullet-Proof Favorites

Gardening is one of those activities that allows you to focus your attention on something other than the mundane chores of life. Taxes, bills, laundry, and traffic take a back seat while your mind is otherwise occupied in the garden. It's like knitting,...
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Favorite or New Plant

'Fusion Glow' Exotic Impatiens I received a box of plants early in the spring from Simply Beautiful, and I stuck them into my...

Clever Gardening Technique

Safety with Herbicides To prevent herbicide spray from damaging surrounding plants, cut the bottom off a plastic soda...
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Regional Reminders

  • Inspect Drip Systems
  • Prune Camellias
  • Weed Ground Covers
  • Groom Flowering Plants
  • Caring for Citrus

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