Spring has Sprung

It has been a very dry winter with rainfall below average. Plants are blooming and trees have leafed-out. Now is the time to replace dead plants for fire-wise ones, finish cleaning out winter debris from your beds and maybe think about a establishing a cutting garden for summer.

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

Fire Season is
Around the Bend

Drought conditions and recent 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.


Your 100-foot defensible space around all structures should be cleared by now. Check out Drought Resources for Central Sierra, and El Dorado Irrigation District's tips for conserving water.

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 or check out their WEBSITE 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.