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Posts Tagged: Garden Design

How to cope with Japanese maple dieback

There are numerous reasons behind Japanese maple dieback, from girdling roots that compress the stem and sapwood to fungus that attacks from within — or it could just be a shortage of water. (Courtesy Rebecca Jepsen)

I've had questions recently from friends about problems with their prized Japanese maples. Unfortunately, maple dieback seems to be a common problem of late...

Posted on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 12:16 PM

Love ’em or hate ’em, snakes are good for your garden

A Pacific gopher snake (Master Gardener Hank Morales)

Some 45 of my Master Gardener friends and I recently went on a field trip to Berkeley's UC Botanical Garden and Alice Water's Edible Schoolyard. And, yes, we...

Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 3:16 PM

Grubs in the garden: friends or foes?

A couple handfuls of grubs the author took from raised beds in her garden. (Rebecca Jepsen)

Are grubs friends or foes? That really depends on where they are, how many you have, and your tolerance for creepy-crawlies in your garden. White grubs are...

Posted on Monday, May 27, 2019 at 5:56 PM

Why bees swarm and what you should – or shouldn’t – do about them

Honey bees swarm either because the hive has become overcrowded or there is disease, lack of resources or some kind of disturbance. (Photo by Deb Conway, GirlzWurk)

This is the time of year you might spot the beautiful, majestic dance of the honeybees Although a huge, moving, whirl of bees may surprise and alarm you...

Posted on Monday, May 27, 2019 at 5:36 PM

Get ready for the biggest garden events of the year

You know it’s springtime when garden markets and tours start popping up all around the Bay Area. (Photo courtesy of Hank Morales)

Tomatoes and pepper and herbs, oh my! Markets and tours will soon be popping up all around the Bay Area With all the much-needed rain we have been having, and...

Posted on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 4:21 PM

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