Fire season is arriving as summer is fast approaching. Keeping weeds down is an integral component in brush management and fire prevention, especially during the spring and summer months in California where the 80-100+ degree temperature harbors perfect conditions for wildfires to take place. Brush management includes cutting weeds and grasses that are over four
With the rainy season came a surge of invasive weeds such as black mustard (Brassica nigra). Weed control is an important part of habitat restoration. It helps native species flourish & reduces the fuel load in the event of wildfires. Looks like we’ve got our work cut out for us!
Start Early As vegetation starts to dry out after heavy winter rains, spring is a critical time to perform fuel modification for fire protection planning ahead of the hot and dry summer. “Focus on reducing the amount of fuel available to a wildfire by removing dead and dying plants, highly flammable species, dense vegetation, and
While California’s oak trees are well adapted to survive the state’s drought, the right approach to supplemental irrigation is critical to prevent pests from taking advantage of drought-stressed oaks. Oaks will reallocate resources to conserve water to sustain basic physiological functions. But that can lower the trees’ defenses against disease and insects, including borer colonization.