Spring has Sprung

It has been a very dry winter with rainfall below average. Some plants and trees are budding, while others are hoping for some water before peeking out.


Now is the time to clean winter debris from your beds, think about a establishing a cutting garden, and if you like, trim those Crepe Myrtles.

Better yet, keep up with your gardening chores by following the UCCE Master Gardeners' Monthly Tips.

Fire Season is
Year Round

The low rainfall and recent heavy winds remind us of the threat of wildfires. Now is the time to pick-up downed limbs and other brush; rake leaves and clean-out gutters; and to replace dead plants with ones that are fire-resistant. It's not too early to begin clearing your 100-foot defensible space around all structures. 

To learn more, visit UCCE's Firewise Landscaping Demonstration at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds
100 Placerville Drive, Placerville - Marshall Building

If you are considering burning some of that brush you have piled up, please remember that you must call El Dorado County's "Burn Day" information line at (530) 621-5897 immediately prior to burning, as burn restrictions can change throughout the day. This applies during the year, and that includes winter as well.

El Dorado County is partnering with CalFire by offering seniors (depending on age and income level) a program to remove dying or dead trees within 300 feet of a residence. For more information SEE HERE.

Be prepared for PG&E's power outages should the forecast call for high winds during dry conditions. For faster power outage alerts and information, set up automated alerts via text, email or phone. Visit PG&E to set up alerts with your online account.