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  • Ruth Risdon StorerGarden

    Garden

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    Ellen Zagory

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  • How do Iselect mulch?

    How often should I mulch?

    How much mulch do I need?

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    Mulch protects the soil and improves the appearance of the home garden.

    Mulch reducesweeds by blocking sunlight

    that weed seeds need to grow

    water needs by protecting soilfrom losing water to evaporationand run-off

    fertilizer needs by breakingdown and adding its ownnutrients to the soil

    soil compaction by cushioningthe soil below

    Mulch improvesappearance by covering bare

    ground and reducing weeds

    drainage over time by breakingdown and improving soilstructure

    soil health by adding nutrientsto the soil as it breaks down

    plant health by improving soiland growing conditions

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    What is mulch?Mulch is a protective covering

    spread on the ground aroundplants. It improves the health ofyour garden.

    The Arboretum uses medium,shredded fir bark mulch becauseit is attractive, durable and natural-looking. Notice thismulch around you in the Valley-Wise Garden.

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    Arboretum volunteers mulching

    Mulched home garden

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  • Mulch protects the soil and improves the appearance of the home garden.

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    How do I select mulch?Choose: fine or medium-sized mulch

    pieces less than 2 long

    Popular kinds of mulches include: Shredded bark or wood

    Nut shells

    Pine needles or other tree leaves

    How much mulch do I need?Small plants2 deep

    Large plants, trees4 deep

    Pathways and bare ground4 deep

    If you spread mulch too thinly, you lose its benefits.

    How often should I mulch?Apply mulch at least once a year or as needed tomaintain an optimum depth of 2-4.

    Mulched home garden

    Mulch reducesweeds by blocking sunlight

    that weed seeds need to grow

    water needs by protecting soilfrom losing water to evaporationand run-off

    fertilizer needs by breakingdown and adding its ownnutrients to the soil

    soil compaction by cushioningthe soil below

    Mulch improvesappearance by covering bare

    ground and reducing weeds

    drainage over time by breakingdown and improving soilstructure

    soil health by adding nutrientsto the soil as it breaks down

    plant health by improving soiland growing conditions

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    RBORETUM

    What is mulch?Mulch is a protective covering

    spread on the ground aroundplants. It improves the health ofyour garden.

    The Arboretum uses medium,shredded fir bark mulch becauseit is attractive, durable and natural-looking. Notice thismulch around you in the Valley-Wise Garden.

    Bets

    y Fa

    ber

    Arboretum volunteers mulching

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  • Who was Ruth Risdon Storer?Dr. Ruth Risdon Storer was Yolo

    Countys first pediatrician and an avid gardener. She shared many of the plantshere with the Arboretum and helped tofund this garden. First planted in 1980, thisdemonstration garden was inspired byStorers own home garden. Like her garden,it has year-round color, beauty and requireslittle maintenance.

    Arboretum staff test new plants here for use in Valley-Wise gardens. Explore this garden

    for Arboretum All-Starsour top recommended plants.

    WELCOME TO THERuth Risdon StorerGardenA Valley-WiseGarden

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    Ruth Risdon Storer

    How can I save money?

    How can I live in a more beautiful,

    healthy environment?

    How can I have more free time?

    Ellen Zagory Valley-Wise Garden

    Dr. RuthsPrescription for Valley-Wise Gardening

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    Home Gardeners

    Anytime

    Central Valley of California

    Hot, dry summers; cold, wet winters; and heavy soils

    Visit the Valley-Wise Garden year-round to see seasonal beauty

    Learn to use Valley-Wise gardening practicesTransform your home garden into a Valley-Wise landscape

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    SeasonallyValley-Wise Garden

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    Dr. RuthsPrescription for Valley-Wise Gardening

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    Diagnosis

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    Home Gardeners

    Anytime

    Central Valley of California

    Hot, dry summers; cold, wet winters; and heavy soils

    Visit the Valley-Wise Garden year-round to see seasonal beauty

    Learn to use Valley-Wise gardening practicesTransform your home garden into a Valley-Wise landscape

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    SeasonallyValley-Wise Garden

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    Valley-Wise Gardeners choose low-water-use plants and

    have lower water bills

    spend less on chemical fertilizersand pesticides

    use long-lived plants that dontneed regular replacement

    Valley-Wise Gardeners provide food and shelter for

    butterflies and birds to create a healthier ecosystem

    conserve valuable water resources

    cause less chemical pollution

    have colorful gardens that buzzwith life

    Valley-Wise Gardeners spend less time on garden

    maintenance

    spend less time replacingplants

    have less lawn to mow

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    Who was Ruth Risdon Storer?Dr. Ruth Risdon Storer was Yolo

    Countys first pediatrician and an avid gardener. She shared many of the plantshere with the Arboretum and helped tofund this garden. First planted in 1980, thisdemonstration garden was inspired byStorers own home garden. Like her garden,it has year-round color, beauty and requireslittle maintenance.

    Arboretum staff test new plants here for use in Valley-Wise gardens. Explore this garden

    for Arboretum All-Starsour top recommended plants.

    WELCOME TO THERuth Risdon StorerGardenA Valley-WiseGarden

    arboretum.ucdavis.eduSign made possible by grants from the Elvenia J. Slosson Foundation and the UC Davis Office of Administration

    Ruth Risdon Storer

    UCDAVIS

    RBORETUMValley-Wise gardening uses plants and practices suited to Central Valley conditions

    Bob

    Mar

    kson

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    Ruth Risdon Storer GardenA Valley-Wise Garden

    ARE APHIDS

    By growing buddy, orcompanion, plants aroundyour roses, you can attractbeneficial insects that eataphids and other pests. . .without using chemicals!

    Instead of using pesticides, try the buddy system.

    Without Buddy Plants With Buddy Plants

    We eat aphids!Buddy, or companion, plantsprovide food and/or shelterto adult beneficial insects,encouraging them to laytheir eggs near roses.Hungry larvae then hatchand help control aphids andother pests by eating them.

    LacewingLarva eats aphids andsmall caterpillars.

    Adult eats nectarand pollen.

    Ladybird BeetleLarva eats aphids, scalesand mites.

    Adult eats aphids,scales and mites.

    Larva eats aphids, thripsand mites.

    Adult eats nectarand pollen.

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  • AM I

    No. I am a low-maintenance rose because I am disease resistant.

    When you buy roses, look onthe label to see if theyre diseaseresistant. This will save youtime, money and effort in yourValley-Wise garden. Notice the Class Act rose in front of you.It is resistant to common fungal diseases

    and thrives in the Valley-Wise Gardenwithout the use of pesticides.

    High Maintenance Roses without disease resistance are

    prone to unsightly fungal diseases In order to look their best, these roses

    may require high levels of care and fungicide applications

    Common Fungal Problems in Roses

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    Low Maintenance Roses with disease resistance are easier to

    care for because they are less likely to getfungal diseases

    These roses are beautiful without needingfungicide

    Choose Low-Maintenance Roses

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