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Posts Tagged: winter

Still Seeing Aphids on Your Plants?

Rose aphids infesting a blossom. (Photo: Jack Kelly Clark)

Are you surprised to see aphids on some of your plants this time of year? With the current mild temperatures in California, aphids may continue living and reproducing in some locations this winter, with female adults giving birth to live young every...

Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 9:10 AM
Tags: aphids (42), management (28), pests (55), UC IPM (225), winter (11)

Pruning Trees in Winter

Pruning a tree. (Photo: Pixabay)

Winter is an ideal time to prune deciduous fruit and shade trees, since the trees are dormant and you can more easily see the tree canopy. In many cases, pruning can also help prevent or control certain insect and disease problems. For help with...

Posted on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 4:41 PM
Tags: apricot (4), cherry (6), disease (32), dormant (1), environmental disorders (2), fruit (35), pest (75), prune (4), pruning (4), tree (16), trees (10), UC IPM (225), winter (11)
Focus Area Tags: Pest Management Yard & Garden

Winter Weeds

Chickweed leaves and flower. (Jack Kelly Clark)

Weeds can be a real nuisance in gardens and landscapes, and even during the colder winter months, some kinds of weeds continue to grow and thrive. These are called winter annual weeds. Most weeds are classified as annuals, biennials, or perennials....

Posted on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 1:51 PM
Tags: annual (3), bluegrass (1), chickweed (1), mallow (2), UC IPM (225), weed (25), winter (11)

Catchweed Bedstraw or Velcro Plant

Catchweed bedstraw. [K. Windbiel-Rojas]

Catchweed bedstraw. It's that weed that tugs at your clothes while you pass by or attaches to your dog or cat's fur. It's also known as the “Velcro plant” since it easily clings to anything that touches it. In the garden, catchweed bedstraw...

Posted on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 8:02 AM
Tags: annual (3), bedstraw (1), catchweed (1), control (41), garden (46), landscape (25), management (28), summer (9), UCIPM (66), Velcro (1), weed (25), winter (11)

How Cold Is It? Ask Siri and Check for Bees

A honey bee foraging on oxalis at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 25 in Vacaville, Calif. Temperature: 53 degrees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Have you ever asked Siri "How cold is it?" Siri, a computer program known as Apple's "intelligent personal assistant" or "knowledge navigator," is part of Apple's Inc.'s iOS operating system. Folks usually ask Siri for directions. We ask about the...

A honey bee foraging on oxalis at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 25 in Vacaville, Calif. Temperature: 53 degrees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee foraging on oxalis at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 25 in Vacaville, Calif. Temperature: 53 degrees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee foraging on oxalis at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 25 in Vacaville, Calif. Temperature: 53 degrees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollen-packing honey bee on oxalis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Pollen-packing honey bee on oxalis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollen-packing honey bee on oxalis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

There she is! Silvery wings and all. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
There she is! Silvery wings and all. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

There she is! Silvery wings and all. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 2:02 PM
Tags: Apple (1), cold (1), Fairbanks (1), honey bees (353), oxalis (1), Siri (1), winter (11)

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