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‘This is very alarming!’: Flying insects vanish from nature preserves

By Ben Guarino<p>, Reporter<p>Not long ago, a lengthy drive on a hot day wouldn't be complete without scraping bug guts off a windshield. But splattered insects have gone the way of the Chevy Nova — you just don't see them on the road like you used to.<p>Biologists call this the windshield phenomenon. It's …

Ecology

These 7 fire-retardant plants may help save your home

Consider all the potential solutions to help save your home during a wildfire and landscaping seems an obvious choice.<p>But are the drought-tolerant solutions that many of us have already implemented – turf removal among them – enough to fend off fire?<p>According to landscape designer Cassy Aoyagi, …

Living Soils

<b>Key Points</b><p>Fertile soils teem with microorganisms, which directly contribute to the biological fertility of that soil.<br>• Biological fertility is …

Reserves and parks not enough to protect nature – David Attenborough

Broadcaster calls for radical new approach to conservation, urging people to use all spaces from gardens to roadside verges to help wildlife<p>Nature reserves and national parks are not enough to prevent a catastrophic decline in nature, David Attenborough has told politicians, business leaders and …

A new study was recently published in Nature about the benefits of removing invasive plants. Check it out! #biodiversity #invasiveplants http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/01/removing-invasive-plants-good-birds-and-bees

Increased stand density influences tree mortality risk in #drought conditions. The study suggests land managers focus on managing the densest stands in the driest areas and planting at lower densities to establish forests after wildfires http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170119143406.htm Photo credit: USFS Region 5 #calipc #californiainvasiveplantcouncil

Baby owlets hatching soon in #SanJose city parks. Each growing owlet can eat 4-5 rodents in 24hrs - let nature do the work to #keepSJclean!

Bright and sunny day for a post installation check up. Pacific rush with crushed basalt mulch complements clean lines of architecture and bluestone. Pipestems Clematis, though imperceptible now, will soon be scrambling lightly up the trellis posts and onto the crossbeams. #juncuseffususssppacificus #clematislasiantha #californianativeplants #californianativevines #canativegarden #californianativegarden #bayfriendlylandscaping #nativelandscapedesign #designingwithnativeplants #gardeningwithnativeplants #plantnativeplants #grownativeplants #californialove #keepcalookinglikeca

‘Thinking soil’ made of bacteria could keep buildings from collapsing

It can be quite costly, even catastrophic, when the land under a building subsides. But genetically engineered microbes may one day keep that from …

Lichens are an early warning system for forest health

Ecologist Linda Geiser works her way through thick undergrowth on the steep hills of the Bull Run Watershed just outside of Portland, Ore. Every step …

A conservation milestone: 10 million square feet of sustainable landscape

Picture in your mind a football field – one hundred yards long, plus two end zones. Now picture 173 of them. That’s a lot of green, right? Well, …

Santa Clara County

Plants for Birds

Secrets of life in the soil

Early on a cold spring morning, Diana Wall is trying out a tool normally used to make holes on golf courses — and she can't contain her excitement. …

Ecology

Biodiversity is below safe levels across more than half of world's land – study

Habitat destruction has reduced the variety of plants and animals to the point that ecological systems could become unable to function properly, with risks for agriculture and human health, say scientists<p>The variety of animals and plants has fallen to dangerous levels across more than half of the …

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Why now – right now – is the best time to kill off your lawn

Even without the financial incentive of turf removal rebates, California's fifth year of drought has prompted unprecedented numbers of homeowners to kill off their lawns in favor of a water-sipping landscape.<p>If you are interested in removing your lawn, this summer's heat could provide ideal …

The best landscape designs don’t require hours of watering and maintenance

By Brenda Richardson<p>Pity the poor yard. It receives constant care and attention during the spring and summer, but let a few dry spells or heavy downpours mar its beauty and efficiency and suddenly it’s the bad guy.<p>Maybe it’s time to hit the reset button. Adjustments to your landscape can conserve …

How To Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

The beauty of a butterfly is not enjoyed or appreciated as much as it should be. These gorgeous fluttering creatures flit about without a care in the …

Instagram Shuts Down Access From Other Apps

Facebook’s ongoing efforts to keep users within their own walled garden will soon result in the elimination of Instagram from third party apps, including Flipboard. On June 1, Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, will stop allowing many third parties to access the images in its feeds. If you have …

Social Media

Wildflowers. No mowing required. #CANative #SaveWater #UpYourLandscapeGame https://t.co/dhMz3Kn3F5

One to tango: a bacterium that does the work of two in the nitrogen cycle

van Kessel, M.A.H.J.; Speth, D.R.; Albertsen, M.; Nielsen, P.H.; Op den Camp, H.J.M.; Kartal, B.; Jetten, M.S.M., and Lücker, S. <b>Complete</b> …

This element, essential to all life, is rapidly disappearing from the planet

Of the many things threatening the world’s food supply, the element with the ability to wreak the most havoc hasn’t made many headlines. Researchers …

Geopolitics

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Moderate heat is one of the signs of a healthy compost pile. A hot pile eliminates many pathogens and kills weed seeds that might otherwise end up sprouting in your garden. Knowing how much heat is normal and what to do if the compost heap is too hot or too cold helps you create the best possible …

While there is no accounting for taste in design, someone should be held accountable for this planting combo and found guilty on four counts of a serious crime against the environment. Two of the plants share the #1 spot on the Most Unwanted Invasive Plants in #california list - Pampas (tall in the back) and Mexican Feather Grasses (blondie up front). The Purple Fountain Grass (to the left under Pampas guy) only has its sibling 'Green' on the list but I have experienced its unwanted reseeding and being difficult to get rid of just like the Mexican Sage (behind blondie). What's wrong with letting #invasiveplantspecies go unchecked? Serious degradation of healthy habitat by (1) crowding out #nativespecies and benign non-natives (2) altering the balance of nutrients in the soil and available food for wildlife (3) clogging waterways with their aggressive root systems (4) creating additional fuel load for wildfires with their flammable thatch as they mature and quickly spread. This planting is just across CAHwy68 from #jackspeak area of the #montereypeninsula with its remnant #montereypine #forest, #oakwoodlands, and #grassland . Please do not propagate, grow, sell, buy, plant, give, or share #invasiveplants . #donttrashcalifornia #keepcalookinglikeca #teachyourchildrenwell Thank you.

What is desertification and what can be done to prevent it?

When productive land quickly loses topsoil and plant life, scientists call this desertification. It can happen in arid (dry) and semi-arid regions of …

Deserts

Nature Wants You to Stop Raking Leaves

We should let nature take back the yard.<br>Read More