Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Mushroom Identification
Saturday, February 4, from 10 am-12 noon at the LA County Arboretum, Dr. Jerry Turney will provide an overview of the basic characteristics used to identify mushrooms and other fleshy fungi. Find out which mushrooms are safe to eat and which ones to avoid. Jerry will also take the class out onto Arboretum grounds to seek out and identify mushrooms. $25 Arboretum members/ $30 non-members. Palm Room, LA County Arboretum, 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia 91007. For more information, go to www.arboretum.org or call 626-821-3222.

Tool or Gardening Product

Fruit Tree Dormant Spray
This month's "height" or "depth" of dormancy is time for another spraying of dormant oil for fruit trees, especially if this was not done last month or if it rained within two days of that application. The point is to have the sprayed material on the tree throughout the dormant season, and especially at specific pest growth periods. Choose a day when the temperature stays above 40 degrees and the wind is calm. For peach leaf curl, choose a fungicide such as Bordeaux, Orthorix, or Microcrop. The next critical time for spraying is about mid-February, when the buds are swollen but don't yet show color. Spraying at the precise period of bud swell is critical -- before the buds swell is too early and after the blossoms open is too late. Once the buds open, the damage has already been done.

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