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Reptiles can be useful

Kate Russell is a UCCE Master Gardener in Santa Clara county.
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Reptiles in gardens? Let’s hope so! You may see a lizard scurrying for cover under your lettuces, or a snake slithering across your strawberry patch, but what are they doing [...]

Luring pests away

Kate Russell is a UCCE Master Gardener in Santa Clara county.
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Every year, we plant our garden favorites. And every year, the same pests come, causing damage and carrying disease. What if there was a way to lure those pests away [...]

Landscape do’s and don’ts

By Dwight Good Editor’s note: This is the sixth installment in a series of articles on wildfire preparation. No matter where you live, the most common reason homes burn during [...]

Vulnerable vents

By Dwight Good Editor’s note: This is the fifth installment in a series of articles on wildfire preparation. Most people believe that wildfires ignite homes through direct contact with flames, [...]

Reduce deck danger

By Dwight Good Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment in a series of articles on wildfire preparation. Will your home survive when the embers arrive? Wind-driven embers ignite many [...]

Move that wood pile

Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a series of articles on wildfire preparation. By Dwight Good Will your home survive when the embers arrive? Wind-driven embers ignite many [...]

Unclutter the gutter

No matter where you live, the most common reason homes burn during a wildfire is because embers land on something easily ignitable around the home. Remove leaves and pine needles [...]

Wood roofs burn like kindling

Most people believe that wildfires ignite homes through direct contact with flames, but it is rare to have a home ignite this way. Thanks to effective defensible space campaigns, very [...]
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