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MAY: SPRING IS HERE!


baby bird in nest
Respect the Nest - take care with tree trimming: It’s Spring and all the birds and animals are having their babies now. Very often their nests are in our trees and shrubs. If you are thinking of trimming and pruning, make sure there are no nests with fledglings or babies in them. The nests are often hard to see, so if you’re uncertain, delay pruning until the fall. If you do disturb a nest or find babies that have fallen, please bring them to WildCare in San Rafael, or call their emergency line at (415) 456-7283.

Camellia
The best time to prune your spring-flowering shrubs is soon after the flowers fade - As long as there are no nests inside. If you wait until much later, you may accidentally prune off next year’s flowers! Read up on our pruning tips for flowering trees and shrubs, and for specific plants like camellias and rhododendrons.

Harlequin Ladybird larvae
Don’t kill me, I’m a good bug - The Lady, the Boss, the Aphid eater: Know your pests! Not every bug you see is a pest, many are very beneficial and help you in the garden. The ladybug is a prime example. You should always check out the bug before you worry. See more on the codling moth pest below.

NEWS & UPDATES

UPCOMING PLANT SALES AND EVENTS!

succulent sale
ANNUAL SUCCULENT SALE

SATURDAY JUNE 11 @ 9am
Falkirk Demonstration Garden, San Rafael
Over 1500 plants in 4-inch to 5-gallon size containers!  The plants were lovingly grown by UC Marin Master Gardeners and chosen specifically for Marin microclimates. Save water and keep garden maintenance low by adding succulents to your garden area!
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Visit us at the 2022 Marin County Fair

TOGETHER IN OUR EARTH-FRIENDLY GARDEN!
JUNE 30 - JULY 4 + JULY 5 PLANT SALE, Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael
Visit us and learn how to create an Earth-friendly, healthy garden that provides food and shelter for beneficial wildlife and insects! Attend our seminars on habitat gardening, proper irrigation, fire-smart landscaping, growing edibles and much more. For more information, click here.

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FEATURED THIS WEEK IN THE MARIN IJ:

Native plants in a fire-smart landscape

  • Sparked by the increasing number and intensity of wildfires, the California legislature has passed laws regarding fuel modification in areas surrounding structures...

MARIN IJ GARDENING TIP OF THE WEEK:

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BASIC PRUNING CUTS - Demonstrated and Explained

HOW TO ATTRACT BIRDS TO YOUR BACKYARD

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