Habitats to Please People, Plants and Pollinators
Resources provided by Peggy Beltramo, MGPC Master Gardener
Easy Plants for Lazy Gardeners
This is a 4-page article by UC Davis Arboretum on 35 low water plants. It includes pictures and a description of each plant.
Gardening with Limited Water
This website is hosted by the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Sacramento County. The article provides 10 tips for saving water in the home landscape. It also has a wealth of links to other resources on water efficiency in landscapes and gardens and information on water-efficient plants, irrigation, lawns and trees.
How Much Water Does This Plant Need?
This is the portal for the University of California Cooperative Extension’s “Water Use Classification of Landscape Species” (WUCOLS) database. WUCOLS is researched based information that provides guidance regarding the water needs of landscape species. It is a searchable database where you can find plants by a city within the six regions of California. Then you can narrow your selection by entering botanical name, common name, plant type or water use. Be sure to take a look at the User Manual to tap into a wealth of information.
Pollinators in the Headlines
This website contains a blog hosted by the University of California on the decline in pollinators. It provides a summary of the "Thematic Assessment of Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production" that was prepared by 77 world-wide experts. It includes some tips on how we can safeguard our pollinators. There are also links to other “happenings in the insect world” blogs the reader may be interested in.