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Meet Jasper (A180004), the somewhat friendly Alpine goat. He has been at the shelter for a while, and is in need of a country home. He is curious, and comes to the fence when someone approaches. He may be shy at first, but once trust is established, will be your friend. His age is unknown. Goats are great foragers, and will help keep your grass short! Please come take a look!

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Petco Adoption Event: September 7, 2019, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Petco, 1110 Harter Parkway, Yuba City

Clear the Shelters Event: Saturday, August 17, 2019. More information pending.

Yuba County Animal Care Services is located at 5245 Feather River Blvd., Olivehurst. The phone number is 530-741-6478.  Kennels are open Monday – Friday 10am – 3:30 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm. You can also go to www.petharbor.com or www.petfinder.com to see all of our adoptable animals and look for your lost family pets, or check out our Facebook page, Yuba County Animal Care Services@yubacountyACS.  We also have an Amazon wish list if you would like to help support the shelter. The link to our wish list is; Amazon.com   http://a.co/8CHgQ5e

 

TOPICS OF INTEREST

STARS Volunteers: The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department is recruiting volunteers to work in key departments, including the Animal Shelter. Use your spare time to help us build a safer community. Please call (530) 749-5102 to speak with a volunteer. Read more about the program and find the STARS application online at: http://sheriff.co.yuba.ca.us/Divisions/Stars.aspx

 

Donations:  The STARS help support the ACS Shelter. Donations are used to help offset spay and neutering costs, feed costs, and other costs associated with the care of the animals. If you would like to donate, you may send donations/checks to YCACS STARS at the Animal Care address: 5245 Feather River  Blvd. Olivehurst, CA 95961. You can also donate via our Facebook page. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

The ACS STARS are looking for donations to help sponsor additional shot clinics. If you are interested in sponsoring a clinic, or donating funds to help sponsor a clinic, please contact us, or you may send in a donation indicating it should be used for sponsoring a shot clinic. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

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Meet Shiloe (A180017), an orange and white male cat, about one year in age.

This boy is a sweetheart. He is playful and adventuresome, and will be great for any family. He has been at the shelter since the end of June, so is in need of a family of his own.

Come take a look!

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Petco Adoption Event: September 7, 2019, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Petco, 1110 Harter Parkway, Yuba City

Clear the Shelters Event: Saturday, August 17, 2019. More information pending.

Yuba County Animal Care Services is located at 5245 Feather River Blvd., Olivehurst. The phone number is 530-741-6478.  Kennels are open Monday – Friday 10am – 3:30 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm. You can also go to www.petharbor.com or www.petfinder.com to see all of our adoptable animals and look for your lost family pets, or check out our Facebook page, Yuba County Animal Care Services@yubacountyACS.  We also have an Amazon wish list if you would like to help support the shelter. The link to our wish list is; Amazon.com   http://a.co/8CHgQ5e

 

TOPICS OF INTEREST

 

STARS Volunteers: The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department is recruiting volunteers to work in key departments, including the Animal Shelter. Use your spare time to help us build a safer community. Please call (530) 749-5102 to speak with a volunteer. Read more about the program and find the STARS application online at: http://sheriff.co.yuba.ca.us/Divisions/Stars.aspx

Donations:  The STARS help support the ACS Shelter. Donations are used to help offset spay and neutering costs, feed costs, and other costs associated with the care of the animals. If you would like to donate, you may send donations/checks to YCACS STARS at the Animal Care address: 5245 Feather River  Blvd. Olivehurst, CA 95961. You can also donate via our Facebook page. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

The ACS STARS are looking for donations to help sponsor additional shot clinics. If you are interested in sponsoring a clinic, or donating funds to help sponsor a clinic, please contact us, or you may send in a donation indicating it should be used for sponsoring a shot clinic. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

 by Cecilia Rice

    

     I suspect that for most gardeners the month of August is a month of maintenance rather than starting projects in the yard.  It is generally one of the hottest months of the year and does not necessarily invite lots of physical activity for many of us, including me.  Just keeping things watered, keeping weeds at bay and flowering plants dead headed, lawns mowed, and planning what projects you might have in mind as the cooler weather of fall approaches can keep one busy.

     A vegetable garden requires considerable attention.  The ripened fruit needs to be harvested regularly to keep it coming through the summer and into the fall.  Keeping an attentive eye on the plants in order to keep them insect free is needed to maintain healthy, productive plants.  If you have pumpkins and/or melons in your garden, don’t let them lie on soil that is wet from irrigating – either move them (without detaching them), to a nearby spot that doesn’t get wet, or place a board or anything else that will keep the underside dry so the outside rind won’t spoil and possibly rot.  Apply vegetable food once a month to keep the plants green and productive.  The fertilizer should not be higher in nitrogen – the first number- than in the other two.  Nitrogen creates lots of green growth, but does not contribute much toward creating fruit, Phosphorus and Potassium are needed for that. Most citrus fruit ripens sometime near the winter months, and citrus trees require regular fertilizing to bear fruit.  Use a formula specifically for citrus and apply it as directed on the container, which is usually, but not necessarily, every three months.  If the leaves are yellowish with the veins green, they need iron.    If you have fruit trees, any fallen and possible rotting fruit should be raked up and disposed of so that it doesn’t invite wild critters and because the rotting fruit can create an unpleasant odor and might harbor some harmful fungi.  Keep up with the deep watering on newly planted trees and young trees until the weather cools and we get rain.

     Crape myrtle bushes or trees are lovely and are available in several colors. They can be encouraged to re-bloom by cutting off the spent flower heads.  When the flowers are gone they begin making round seeds. Just cut that sprig off and usually more blooms will come. Dead heading is definitely needed to keep roses blooming.  The spent bloom should be clipped off next to the nearest three leaf leaflet. That leaflet should be growing toward the outer edge of the plant, rather than toward the center of the plant.  If dead heading is not done, they will form the round “Rose Hips”.  Since the hips are the seed pod for roses, they have done their duty for the year and they are ready to rest!  This is true for most plants, but we keep interfering with their work by trimming off the bloom that would otherwise create seeds to carry on the species, so they bloom again in an effort to perpetuate their species. Nature is amazing!                                      

          Perennials can be planted now.  Many will give you late blooms now and some may not, but they should all provide color in the yard next spring and summer. Various ones are available in many sizes from six packs and up.  They can be done from cuttings, too.  It is a good idea to put some kind of identification near it since it will die back and it can easily be lost in the midst of other sprouting plants next spring.

     August is a hot month, but it is also the prelude to the fall season with its hints of color and cooler temperatures and we can look forward to that after a long hot summer.

Cecilia Rice is a partner with her son , Jeff Rice, at BALD MOUNTAI NUSERY in browns Valley.

We are the “Unexpected nursery on a little country road”.   www.baldmountainnursery.com

Tel. (530) 743-4856                                                                                                                                                                               

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Meet Jack and Jill (A180181 and A180182), two agouti (brown/tan) colored rabbits; their ages are unknown. They have been at the shelter since early July and are ready for a new home. They appear to be rather docile, and rabbits make great pets for any age. Come take a look!

The shelter is not just for dogs and cats, and frequently has livestock (horses, pigs, goats, etc.) for adoption.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Petco Adoption Event: August 3, 2019, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Petco, 1110 Harter Parkway, Yuba City

Clear the Shelters Event: Saturday, August 17, 2019. More information pending.

Yuba County Animal Care Services is located at 5245 Feather River Blvd., Olivehurst. The phone number is 530-741-6478.  Kennels are open Monday – Friday 10am – 3:30 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm. You can also go to www.petharbor.com or www.petfinder.com to see all of our adoptable animals and look for your lost family pets, or check out our Facebook page, Yuba County Animal Care Services@yubacountyACS.  We also have an Amazon wish list if you would like to help support the shelter. The link to our wish list is; Amazon.com   http://a.co/8CHgQ5e

 

TOPICS OF INTEREST

 

STARS Volunteers: The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department is recruiting volunteers to work in key departments, including the Animal Shelter. Use your spare time to help us build a safer community. Please call (530) 749-5102 to speak with a volunteer. Read more about the program and find the STARS application online at: http://sheriff.co.yuba.ca.us/Divisions/Stars.aspx

 

Donations:  The STARS help support the ACS Shelter. Donations are used to help offset spay and neutering costs, feed costs, and other costs associated with the care of the animals. If you would like to donate, you may send donations/checks to YCACS STARS at the Animal Care address: 5245 Feather River  Blvd. Olivehurst, CA 95961. You can also donate via our Facebook page. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

The ACS STARS are looking for donations to help sponsor additional shot clinics. If you are interested in sponsoring a clinic, or donating funds to help sponsor a clinic, please contact us, or you may send in a donation indicating it should be used for sponsoring a shot clinic. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

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Meet Rusty, (A180214) a super cute, black and tan, neutered male Cairn Terrier.

He is about a year old.

This boy is friendly and outgoing and would be a great addition to a loving family, or single person looking for a friend.

Hurry over to the shelter and check him out! He won't last long!

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Petco Adoption Event: August 3, 2019, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Petco, 1110 Harter Parkway, Yuba City

Clear the Shelters Event: Saturday, August 17, 2019. More information pending.

Yuba County Animal Care Services is located at 5245 Feather River Blvd., Olivehurst. The phone number is 530-741-6478.  Kennels are open Monday – Friday 10am – 3:30 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm. You can also go to www.petharbor.com or www.petfinder.com to see all of our adoptable animals and look for your lost family pets, or check out our Facebook page, Yuba County Animal Care Services@yubacountyACS.  We also have an Amazon wish list if you would like to help support the shelter. The link to our wish list is; Amazon.com   http://a.co/8CHgQ5e

 

TOPICS OF INTEREST

 

STARS Volunteers: The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department is recruiting volunteers to work in key departments, including the Animal Shelter. Use your spare time to help us build a safer community. Please call (530) 749-5102 to speak with a volunteer. Read more about the program and find the STARS application online at: http://sheriff.co.yuba.ca.us/Divisions/Stars.aspx

 

Donations:  The STARS help support the ACS Shelter. Donations are used to help offset spay and neutering costs, feed costs, and other costs associated with the care of the animals. If you would like to donate, you may send donations/checks to YCACS STARS at the Animal Care address: 5245 Feather River  Blvd. Olivehurst, CA 95961. You can also donate via our Facebook page. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

The ACS STARS are looking for donations to help sponsor additional shot clinics. If you are interested in sponsoring a clinic, or donating funds to help sponsor a clinic, please contact us, or you may send in a donation indicating it should be used for sponsoring a shot clinic. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

yuba county petKittens, kittens, and more kittens! The shelter still has an abundance of kittens that need forever homes! There are many colors to choose from, both male and female. Come take a look! Consider taking two, they're small!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Petco Adoption Event: August 3, 2019, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Petco, 1110 Harter Parkway, Yuba City

Clear the Shelters Event: Saturday, August 17, 2019. More information pending.

Yuba County Animal Care Services is located at 5245 Feather River Blvd., Olivehurst. The phone number is 530-741-6478.  Kennels are open Monday – Friday 10am – 3:30 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm. You can also go to www.petharbor.com or www.petfinder.com to see all of

our adoptable animals and look for your lost family pets, or check out our Facebook page, Yuba County Animal Care Services@yubacountyACS.  We also have an Amazon wish list if you would like to help support the shelter. The link to our wish list is; Amazon.com   http://a.co/8CHgQ5e

 

TOPICS OF INTEREST

STARS Volunteers: The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department is recruiting volunteers to work in key departments, including the Animal Shelter. Use your spare time to help us build a safer community. Please call (530) 749-5102 to speak with a volunteer. Read more about the program and find the STARS application online at: http://sheriff.co.yuba.ca.us/Divisions/Stars.aspx

Donations:  The STARS help support the ACS Shelter. Donations are used to help offset spay and neutering costs, feed costs, and other costs associated with the care of the animals. If you would like to donate, you may send donations/checks to YCACS STARS at the Animal Care address: 5245 Feather River  Blvd. Olivehurst, CA 95961. You can also donate via our Facebook page. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

The ACS STARS are looking for donations to help sponsor additional shot clinics. If you are interested in sponsoring a clinic, or donating funds to help sponsor a clinic, please contact us, or you may send in a donation indicating it should be used for sponsoring a shot clinic. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

PetJuly10Meet Precious (A178572), a beautiful calico female, Domestic Shorthair cat, approximately 2 years of age. This girl is not only pretty, she is playful and loving. She has been at the shelter for far too long, and is in immediate need of a forever home! You won't be disappointed, come see her soon!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Petco Adoption Event: August 3, 2019, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Petco, 1110 Harter Parkway, Yuba City, CA

Rabies Shot Clinic: July 14, 2019, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at Yuba County Animal Care Services.

Clear the Shelters Event: Saturday, August 17, 2019. More information pending.

Yuba County Animal Care Services is located at 5245 Feather River Blvd., Olivehurst. The phone number is 530-741-6478.  Kennels are open Monday – Friday 10am – 3:30 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm. You can also go to www.petharbor.com or www.petfinder.com to see all of our adoptable animals and look for your lost family pets, or check out our Facebook page, Yuba County Animal Care Services@yubacountyACS.  We also have an Amazon wish list if you would like to help support the shelter. The link to our wish list is; Amazon.com   http://a.co/8CHgQ5e

 

TOPICS OF INTEREST

STARS Volunteers: The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department is recruiting volunteers to work in key departments, including the Animal Shelter. Use your spare time to help us build a safer community. Please call (530) 749-5102 to speak with a volunteer. Read more about the program and find the STARS application online at: http://sheriff.co.yuba.ca.us/Divisions/Stars.aspx

Donations:  The STARS help support the ACS Shelter. Donations are used to help offset spay and neutering costs, feed costs, and other costs associated with the care of the animals. If you would like to donate, you may send donations/checks to YCACS STARS at the Animal Care address: 5245 Feather River  Blvd. Olivehurst, CA 95961. You can also donate via our Facebook page. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

The ACS STARS are looking for donations to help sponsor additional shot clinics. If you are interested in sponsoring a clinic, or donating funds to help sponsor a clinic, please contact us, or you may send in a donation indicating it should be used for sponsoring a shot clinic. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

 by Cecilia Rice

 

     School is out for the summer and summer is for enjoying your yard and all the effort put into it.    The most important thing to be done, of course, is keeping things adequately irrigated during the hot summer months we have.  Irrigating is best done early in the day for maximum growth and health of your plants.  Drip systems offer the careful use of water by delivering the water just to the targeted plant and not all the surrounding area, and is therefore a system that keeps weeds down as well.  The problem we find with them is that they must be carefully monitored to be sure they are working properly and are not clogged.  The use of mulch around and between plants help to keep the areas moist between watering.  A really efficient system takes a bit of planning and altering as plants grow larger and require more water.  Usually that is done by adding emitters when needed.  Having it all on a timer makes your irrigating so simple it’s easy to forget about it, but it should be checked, especially if you notice any plants looking stressed.  It is necessary to know the flow rate on emitters – how much water per minute  - or is it per hour?  It makes a world of difference.  Knowing how much water the emitters produce will let you accurately decide how long they should run to do a thorough job of watering.

      We sometimes have calls about the advisability of planting a tree in the middle of the July heat. It can be done if you are going to be there to be sure that the tree will be watered adequately.  It would need a deep watering about three times a week through the heat of the summer.  Deep watering requires a basin around the base of the tree.  It should be just deep enough that a very light stream of water can be left on for several hours without overflowing, insuring that the water is soaking in around and  into the tree’s roots.  Another easy way is to accomplish this by using  a piece of 2” plastic pipe that is long enough to reach the bottom of the planting hole and extend several inches above ground level.  About three sets of four or five ½” holes need to be drilled in a vertical line in the lower end of the pipe to allow the water to drain.  Put that pipe in vertically to the bottom of the hole as you put the planting mix in around the tree. Hang the hose into the pipe and turn the water on slowly, leaving it for several hours to deep water the tree.  One added precaution to insure a good result is to add a capful of ‘Superthrive’ to the irrigation water the first time or two.  Put some rocks into the bottom several inches of the pipe to help to keep mud from clogging the pipe.

     For those folks in the foothills dealing with the rapid growth of wild blackberries, poison oak, poison ivy, and other bushy and woody unwanted growth, this is good time to spray them with a brush killer.  It must be done while they are growing vigorously for the best result.  Using a product labeled as “brush killer” will do a better job than a general herbicide like Remuda or Roundup.  These pesky plants  it might require more than one spraying.

       Do you like Monarch butterflies?  Most of us seem to, and there is a plant available that will attract them. Asclepias curassavia, a variety of milkweed. It is quite an attractive annual plant with vivid red or bright yellow clusters of small flowers.  The Monarchs lay their eggs on the stems which then hatch into caterpillars. They then feed on the foliage of the plant for nourishment.  Nature has more interesting, clever and amazing ways of doing things than any of us will ever know, but it is fun to watch when you see it.   

     Mower blades should be set at 2 “ of height during the hottest months.  It may not give as smooth a finish as a lower setting, but it will take less water to maintain a nice green lawn.  The higher setting helps the longer grass to shade the ground beneath which helps to retain moisture, thus keeping the grass green with fewer waterings.

      Fertilize your summer vegetables and annuals to keep them flowering and/or fruiting.  Use B.T. on the big green worms that defoliate tomato plants.  Don’t neglect those pretty hanging baskets.  They need thorough watering to keep them pretty and that tends to wash nutrient right out of the bottom of that basket.  It is probably easiest to use a 3 or 4 month slow release fertilizer on them.   Annuals that you may have planted for all the color they provide will bloom longer if you have the time to dead head them  frequently, and give them a bit of fertilizer.       

  Enjoy the pleasures of summer.

Cecilia Rice Rice is a partner with her son Jeff at Bald Mountain Nursery on Bald Mountain Road in Browns Valley.  We are the “Unexpected nursery on a little country road”.  Tel. (530) 743-4856   baldmountainnursery.com

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Kittens, kittens, kittens!  Come see the kittens! The shelter has many beautiful kittens for adoption, both male and female. There are different colors to choose from: black, gray, orange, tabby, calico...come pick one for your new best friend. There are more available every week! Please come open your heart to these wonderful babies.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Petco Adoption Event: July 6, 2019, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Petco, 1110 Harter Parkway, Yuba City, CA

Shot Clinic coming soon. Details will be announced at a future date!

Yuba County Animal Care Services is located at 5245 Feather River Blvd., Olivehurst. The phone number is 530-741-6478.  Kennels are open Monday – Friday 10am – 3:30 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm. You can also go to www.petharbor.com or www.petfinder.com to see all of our adoptable animals and look for your lost family pets, or check out our Facebook page, Yuba County Animal Care Services@yubacountyACS.  We also have an Amazon wish list if you would like to help support the shelter. The link to our wish list is; Amazon.com   http://a.co/8CHgQ5e

 

TOPICS OF INTEREST

STARS Volunteers: The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department is recruiting volunteers to work in key departments, including the Animal Shelter. Use your spare time to help us build a safer community. Please call (530) 749-5102 to speak with a volunteer. Read more about the program and find the STARS application online at: http://sheriff.co.yuba.ca.us/Divisions/Stars.aspx

Donations:  The STARS help support the ACS Shelter. Donations are used to help offset spay and neutering costs, feed costs, and other costs associated with the care of the animals. If you would like to donate, you may send donations/checks to YCACS STARS at the Animal Care address: 5245 Feather River  Blvd. Olivehurst, CA 95961. You can also donate via our Facebook page. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

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Meet Dolly, (A176074), a white and tan pitbull mix female dog. This girl is a sweetheart. She loves attention and being with people. Her age is unknown. She was found as a stray, but, would love to have a home where she can have her own person to play with. She can be exuberant at times, so will need some training. Are you the person she is looking for? Come take a look and start the new year with a new friend.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Petco Adoption: January 5, 2019

Low Cost Rabies Clinics: January 26, 2019: Yuba County Animal Care Services, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

and Brownsville Substation, 10:00 a.m. to. 12 p.m.

Yuba County Animal Care Services is located at 5245 Feather River Blvd., Olivehurst. The phone number is 530-741-6478. Kennels are open Monday – Friday 10am – 3:30 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm. You can also go to www.petharbor.com or www.petfinder.com to see all of our adoptable animals and look for your lost family pets, or check out our Facebook page, Yuba County Animal Care Services@yubacountyACS. We also have an Amazon wish list if you would like to help support the shelter. The link to our wish list is; Amazon.com http://a.co/7qGE7rO.

TOPICS OF INTEREST

STARS Volunteers: Volunteers are needed for the animal shelter. If you have time on your hands and would like to help out, become a a STARS volunteer. Contact Rosa Leon at the Yuba County Sheriff's Office or come by the shelter to find out how.

Donations: The STARS help support the ACS Shelter. Donations are used to help offset spay and neutering costs, feed costs, and other costs associated with the care of the animals. If you would like to donate, you may send donations/checks to YCACS STARS at the Animal Care address: 5245 Feather River Blvd. Olivehurst, CA 95961. You can also donate via our Facebook page. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

By Cecilia Rice

We wish everyone a “Happy New Year” as we enter 2019. We have had a moderately wet and mild December so far. But as we get into winter, be prepared to protect frost sensitive plants if a freeze is coming. Check on plants to be sure that they are not excessively dry. That is especially important for containerized plants since dry roots will freeze more easily than wet ones will. Cover frost sensitive plants with frost cloth or sheets. Avoid using plastic. It does not insulate. Fabric does.

Bare root season is the big thing many people look forward to in January. Bare root fruit trees and roses are now available. We usually have some folks who are new to gardening and the term ”bare root” may not be familiar to them. It is simply what it says. The trees have been taken out of the ground and the roots are exposed, thus, “bare root” . They are less expensive since the pot, soil, and time and effort to plant them into a container has been avoided. It also requires that it must be planted right away, or otherwise stored in a way to protect the roots from drying out or freezing. We have availability lists at the nursery to help one to make decisions. Bare root season for fruit trees is usually considered very late December or early January to the end of February. By then the trees are beginning get too many new fragile roots and new leaves to handle them “bare root” without possible damage. There are advantages to planting your own fruit trees. You make the decisions of what fertilizers etc. are used and avoiding many of the unknows of commercial grower’s methods. Allowing the fruit ripen on the tree allows much better flavor to develop as the fruit ripens than that picked early and ripened in cold storage. Often kids and adults are encouraged to eat more fruit just because they like picking it themselves and it is close by.

There are many questions about the fruit trees, one being, do they all need pollinizers? Some are self fruitful and don’t need a different pollinizer and others do. Many of the peaches and nectarines are self fruitful, but not all of them. Most of the cherries need a pollinizer, but again, not all of them, and so it is with plums, and pears. Most fruit trees have a tag giving some of that information, but be sure to check when you are picking out varieties to make sure you have the proper variety needed to pollinate if necessary.

One thing that won’t be found during bare root season are citrus and avocado trees. They are evergreen trees. They are semi tropical trees and need protection when the weather is very cold. They will be available in the spring.

Chill hours may be noted on the tag. That refers to the cumulative number of hours required under 45 degrees during the entire winter season to provide normal fruit production and is generally not a concern in our area. We historically average 700 to 800 chill hours in our area.

Many camellia plants have finished blooming for the year and the flowers have fallen causing a pile of debris at the base of the plant. That debris should be bagged and sent to the landfill rather than added to a compost pile you may have. It can carry a fungal disease that develops in the debris that then can scatter the spores and spread a problem that is easily avoided by the proper disposal of the debris.

Bare root roses are now available and have been pruned by the growers. If you have roses that are growing in your yard already, we suggest delaying the pruning until the danger of a heavy freeze is past. In our area roses usually don’t go completely dormant. What happens when you prune a rose? It starts putting out new growth at that point. That new growth is too tender to survive a hard freeze and dies back. We have lots of micro climates in the foothills, so consider the temperature range in your area and delay the pruning until freezing danger is past and do the pruning in early spring if it seems more appropriate. If by chance you do prune them and are then hit by freeze that damages new growth, no great harm has been done – the rose just has to expend more energy that might otherwise have been saved for its beautiful first bloom and has to start over again.

Some maintenance chores to be done in January – weather permitting –

Annual pruning of dormant deciduous plants – allow spring blooming plants to bloom, then prune

Prune dormant vines, grapes and cane berries

Prune deciduous fruit trees

Rake up heavy litter of leaves and apply pre-emergent if weeds were a problem last year

Shop early for the best selections in bare root fruit trees.

Cecilia Rice is a partner wither son Jeff Rice at Bald Mountain Nursery on Bald Mountain Road in Browns Valley

Tel.(530) 743-4656 We are the unexpected nursery on a little country road.

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Meet Penelope (A176246), the beautiful pig. This girl is sweet tempered, and likes to be scratched and petted. She was found as a stray, so her age is unknown. Pigs, in general, make very intelligent pets, so, do not be surprised if she were to follow you around like a dog once she bonds with you. She needs plenty of exercise, and some TLC, so is looking for someone who can provide this in her new home. Come take a look!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Petco Adoption: January 5, 2019

Low Cost Rabies Clinics: January 26, 2019: Yuba County Animal Care Services, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

and Brownsville Substation, 10:00 a.m. to. 12 p.m.

Yuba County Animal Care Services is located at 5245 Feather River Blvd., Olivehurst. The phone number is 530-741-6478. Kennels are open Monday – Friday 10am – 3:30 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm. You can also go to www.petharbor.com or www.petfinder.com to see all of our adoptable animals and look for your lost family pets, or check out our Facebook page, Yuba County Animal Care Services@yubacountyACS. We also have an Amazon wish list if you would like to help support the shelter. The link to our wish list is; Amazon.com http://a.co/7qGE7rO.

 

TOPICS OF INTEREST

STARS Volunteers: Volunteers are needed for the animal shelter. If you have time on your hands and would like to help out, become a a STARS volunteer. Contact Rosa Leon at the Yuba County Sheriff's Office or come by the shelter to find out how.

Donations: The STARS help support the ACS Shelter. Donations are used to help offset spay and neutering costs, feed costs, and other costs associated with the care of the animals. If you would like to donate, you may send donations/checks to YCACS STARS at the Animal Care address: 5245 Feather River Blvd. Olivehurst, CA 95961. You can also donate via our Facebook page. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

yuba county pet12 12eet Angel (A175796), a red Heeler female , likely between 5 and 6 years of age. Angel would be a great Holiday addition to any family. She appears to be a quiet girl inside, but, likes to go for walks outside. She has a sweet personality, and just needs a family to make a fuss over her. Put a great gift under your tree this year!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Petco Adoption: January 5, 2019

Low Cost Rabies Clinics: January 26, 2019: Yuba County Animal Care Services, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

and Brownsville Substation, 10:00 a.m. to. 12 p.m.

Yuba County Animal Care Services is located at 5245 Feather River Blvd., Olivehurst. The phone number is 530-741-6478. Kennels are open Monday – Friday 10am – 3:30 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm. You can also go to www.petharbor.com or www.petfinder.com to see all of our adoptable animals and look for your lost family pets, or check out our Facebook page, Yuba County Animal Care Services@yubacountyACS. We also have an Amazon wish list if you would like to help support the shelter. The link to our wish list is; Amazon.com http://a.co/7qGE7rO.

TOPICS OF INTEREST

STARS Volunteers: Volunteers are needed for the animal shelter. If you have time on your hands and would like to help out, become a a STARS volunteer. Contact Rosa Leon at the Yuba County Sheriff's Office or come by the shelter to find out how.

Donations: The STARS help support the ACS Shelter. Donations are used to help offset spay and neutering costs, feed costs, and other costs associated with the care of the animals. If you would like to donate, you may send donations/checks to YCACS STARS at the Animal Care address: 5245 Feather River Blvd. Olivehurst, CA 95961. You can also donate via our Facebook page. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

By Cecilia Rice

December is here and the 21st of December is the first day of winter. We never know what kind of weather it will bring. But whatever the weather, it is usually a busy month for nursery workers. Many different things become available at nurseries because it is the dormant season for so many trees and plants making them easier to ship without causing them damage.

December is a month that doesn’t require too much effort in the yard, though there are some things that are needed. The most important of those is the second spraying of dormant spray to keep the fungal infections at bay, and that should be done in late December. As mentioned in November, curl leaf on peaches and nectarines is the main target, and it is useful on a host of other things which can be found on the directions for use. December usually brings cold enough weather that we need to be alert for the possibility of frosty and/or freezing cold nights. All citrus trees are quite vulnerable to the cold weather because they are evergreen and sub-tropical . A light frost will likely damage the leaves of the plant, whereas a hard freeze will cause much leaf damage and fruit damage as well – best to be ready for it. An old blanket can be placed over a plant as long as it isn’t apt to rain causing it to get wet and heavy. A blanket would be best used by putting them on at night and taking them off daily in order to be exposed to the sunlight. I’ve seen large cardboard boxes sheltering plants. Frost cloth is not expensive, works well, can be held in place by tucking it under a few of the pots so wind can’t displace it, and it can be saved and re-used – just fold or roll it up and put it with other gardening supplies. It also has the advantage of being permeable enough to water plants with it in place. Adequate sunlight also reaches the plants. Plastic should not be used directly on a plant. It has no insulation quality, in fact it can direct the freezing temperature directly to the leaves. Make a temporary frame work with a few stakes several inches from the foliage of a plant and put the plastic over it as a covering, tee-pee style. Or, three to four stakes can be driven a little way into the ground to create an enclosure over which to put the plastic covering. The dead air space within has insulating quality. Time was that a light bulb could be hung in the enclosure and provide warmth, but the newer, more efficient bulbs do not emit much heat. If you have any of the older bulbs, or any strings of the old Christmas decoration lights, they can be used to keep plants warm when the weather forcasts suggest that it will be especially cold. For containerized plants, be sure that they have been very well watered when especially cold weather has been forcasted . A dry plant will freeze more quickly than a wet one. The moisture in a potted plant will freeze at 32 degrees and roots won’t get colder than that because of their insulating blanket of ice. Dry cold can be much colder and damaging. Of course, any delicate foliage on the plant will need to be covered

Are you interested in bare root fruit trees? Bundles of them will start coming in soon. It takes a bit of time to get them all organized once they arrive, but we are usually ready to offer them for sale by late December. Roses will also be here soon. If you are interested, we have availability lists to help you make choices. Oregon stock with live Christmas trees and dogwoods and other Oregon stock usually comes in late November, so should be here and ready for sale. You can see that there are lots of possibilities for the gardeners. Many of them are also good Christmas gift possibilities as well.

Lilacs do well in our area and don’t require lots of care, but they are especially happy in very cold climates. The flowers they produce are generally larger clusters than those grown in our more temperate climates. To compensate for the lack of very cold weather, try putting ice cubes around the base of the plants several times during the winter to keep the roots colder, as they would be in snowy climates. Poinsettias are a frequent gift at this time of the year. They seem to bloom and fit right into the season with the festive red flowers. If you are given one or buy one, and the pot has a lovely foil wrapping on it, before you water it cut out a circle of the wrap on the bottom of the container, then place the plant on a saucer with a layer of pebbles to hold it out of any standing water – then water when needed. The wrap won’t become a reservoir to waterlog the plant and you will enjoy its beauty longer. We wish everyone a Joyful Christmas.

Cecilia Rice and her son Jeff Rice are partners at Bald Mountain Nursery on Bald Mountain Road in Browns Valley.

Tel. (530) 743-4856 www.baldmountainnursery.com

yuba county pet11 21Meet Benjie (A175386), a handsome, 3 year old, male Australian Kelpie/German Shepard mix dog. He's very active, and needs a home with someone to play with. He may be shy at first, but, once he knows you, he will love you forever. Dogs with this type of breeding are usually very smart, and are amendable to training, and usually learn very fast! Please consider this beautiful boy for your newest and dearest friend!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Petco Adoption: December 1, 2018

Yuba County Animal Care Services is located at 5245 Feather River Blvd., Olivehurst. The phone number is 530-741-6478. Kennels are open Monday – Friday 10am – 3:30 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm. You can also go to ww.petharbor.com or www.petfinder.com to see all of our adoptable animals and look for your lost family pets, or check out our Facebook page, Yuba County Animal Care Services@yubacountyACS. We also have an Amazon wish list if you would like to help support the shelter. The link to our wish list is; Amazon.com http://a.co/7qGE7rO.

TOPICS OF INTEREST

STARS Volunteers: Volunteers are needed for the animal shelter. If you have time on your hands and would like to help out, become a a STARS volunteer. Contact Rosa Leon at the Yuba County Sheriff's Office or come by the shelter to find out how.

Donations: The STARS help support the ACS Shelter. Donations are used to help offset spay and neutering costs, feed costs, and other costs associated with the care of the animals. If you would like to donate, you may send donations/checks to YCACS STARS at the Animal care address: 5245 Feather River Blvd. Olivehurst, CA 95961. You can also donate via our Facebook page. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

yuba county pet11 14

Meet Buddy (A175683), a handsome, sweet, 4 year old, neutered male pitbull. He's healing from surgery (to remove a bullet and was also neutered), and is current on all vaccinations, including rabies vaccination and doing well. Buddy was found by a citizen in the river bottoms and brought to the shelter in late October with an injury to his head (no known suspect info on who shot him). He was x-rayed and treated, and aside from a minor scar, he shouldn't have any lasting effects from the bullet wound and his eye is ok! Buddy is very sweet; not protective of food or toys (soft mouthed when playing) and very friendly. He will be the perfect pet for the right family. Please consider giving this deserving dog a good home.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Vaccination Clinic: Sunday, November 18, 2018

Petco Adoption: December 1, 2018

Yuba County Animal Care Services is located at 5245 Feather River Blvd., Olivehurst. The phone number is 530-741-6478. Kennels are open Monday – Friday 10am – 3:30 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm. You can also go to ww.petharbor.com or www.petfinder.com to see all of our adoptable animals and look for your lost family pets, or check out our Facebook page, Yuba County Animal Care Services@yubacountyACS. We also have an Amazon wish list if you would like to help support the shelter. The link to our wish list is; Amazon.com http://a.co/7qGE7rO.

TOPICS OF INTEREST

STARS Volunteers: Volunteers are needed for the animal shelter. If you have time on your hands and would like to help out, become a a STARS volunteer. Contact Rosa Leon at the Yuba County Sheriff's Office or come by the shelter to find out how.

Donations: The STARS help support the ACS Shelter. Donations are used to help offset spay and neutering costs, feed costs, and other costs associated with the care of the animals. If you would like to donate, you may send donations/checks to YCACS STARS at the Animal care address: 5245 Feather River Blvd. Olivehurst, CA 95961. You can also donate via our Facebook page. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

The past month of October has taken us from the extreme heat of summer to the much cooler temperatures that usher in the lovely fall season. The fall season can be quite beautiful as leaves on many deciduous trees and plants turn various colors before falling to the ground. It is a great time to go on a nice ride to the higher foothills and enjoy all of the color show. The downside is that most folks don’t want their lawns and flowerbeds littered with all these leaves – time to get out the lawn rakes and leaf blowers!. There are a few other things to be done, too.

There is one chore that needs to be done at this time of the year. It will need to be done three times this fall and is referred to as “dormant spraying” since it needs to be done when fruit trees are bare of leaves. The three times are late November (Thanksgiving), late December (Christmas), and, mid February (Valentine’s Day). Referring to the holidays makes the timing a bit easier to remember. This spraying is done to prevent some fungal infestations that are prevalent at that time of the year. If all the leaves have not fallen off the trees, they can probably be knocked off with a stick, or blown off. Any debris that might have collected under the trees should be cleared away. Do the spraying on a day that is dry – no rain or thick fog to dilute the spray. Spray them as thoroughly as possible, including the cleaned up soil at the base of the trees. Sometimes it is hard to find a good day due to the winter weather. Just do the best you can, but do try to get it done.

If basins had been created at the base of the trees to provide irrigation water for the trees during the hot summer, cut an opening on a side of the basin. That will allow the rain water drain preventing a slow draining puddle that remains and could possibly cause root rot should we have a very wet winter.

It is nice to have color in the yard during the winter days. There is still time to plant some winter annuals to add something bright and pretty in the yard. When choosing what to plant, don’t pass up white flowers. They add brightness and tend to set off the colors of the blue and darker colors that were selected. The planting of these should make some pretty additions to the yard should be done soon in order to give them time to gain a good root system in order to withstand the colder weather as we reach the coldest part of winter. Pansies and violas are very nice and durable for that use – the secret is to do it soon. If done too late the plants may survive the winter, but not gain the size to do much blooming until the weather begins to warm up for spring. It is too bad to miss the color that might have been enjoyed all winter because of procrastination.

This is the time to plant sweet peas for their lovely colored sweet smelling flowers next spring. It is time for planting edible peas, as well. Both pod peas and snap peas. Enjoy our transition into the fall weather.

Cecilia Rice is a partner with her son Jeff at BaldMountain Nursery on Bald Mountain Road in Browns Valley.

Tel (350) 743-4856 wwwbaldmountainnursery.com

yuba county pet11 7Meet Bobby (A175569), a brown and black Chihuahua mix male dog. This cute boy is very sweet and likes to cuddle. He may be a little shy at first, but, once comfortable with his new situation, will be happy to become a lapdog. Come take a look at him, he may be just right for you...a small package of fur to love!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Veteran's Day Parade: Sunday, November 11, 2018

Vaccination Clinic: Sunday, November 18, 2018

Yuba County Animal Care Services is located at 5245 Feather River Blvd., Olivehurst. The phone number is 530-741-6478. Kennels are open Monday – Friday 10am – 3:30 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm. You can also go to ww.petharbor.com or www.petfinder.com to see all of our adoptable animals and look for your lost family pets, or check out our Facebook page, Yuba County Animal Care Services@yubacountyACS. We also have an Amazon wish list if you would like to help support the shelter. The link to our wish list is; Amazon.com http://a.co/7qGE7rO.

TOPICS OF INTEREST

STARS Volunteers: Volunteers are needed for the animal shelter. If you have time on your hands and would like to help out, become a a STARS volunteer. Contact Rosa Leon at the Yuba County Sheriff's Office or come by the shelter to find out how.

Donations: The STARS help support the ACS Shelter. Donations are used to help offset spay and neutering costs, feed costs, and other costs associated with the care of the animals. If you would like to donate, you may send donations/checks to YCACS STARS at the Animal care address: 5245 Feather River Blvd. Olivehurst, CA 95961. You can also donate via our Facebook page. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

yuba pet 110 31Meet Murphy (A175085) a handsome Siberian Husky mix male, 6 year old dog. He is already neutered, so is ready to go to a loving home! This boy has an energetic disposition, and likes to play. As seen in his picture, he is ready for Halloween!

Upcoming Events

Petco Adoption Event: November 3, 2018

Veteran's Day Parade: Sunday, November 11, 2018

Vaccination Clinic: Sunday, November 18, 2018

Yuba County Animal Care Services is located at 5245 Feather River Blvd., Olivehurst. The phone number is 530-741-6478. Kennels are open Monday – Friday 10am – 3:30 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm. You can also go to ww.petharbor.com or www.petfinder.com to see all of our adoptable animals and look for your lost family pets, or check out our Facebook page, Yuba County Animal Care Services@yubacountyACS. We also have an Amazon wish list if you would like to help support the shelter. The link to our wish list is; Amazon.com http://a.co/7qGE7rO.

TOPICS OF INTEREST

STARS Volunteers: Volunteers are needed for the animal shelter. If you have time on your hands and would like to help out, become a a STARS volunteer. Contact Deneen Barnhill at the shelter to find out how.

Donations: The STARS help support the ACS Shelter. Donations are used to help offset spay and neutering costs, feed costs, and other costs associated with the care of the animals. If you would like to donate, you may send donations/checks to YCACS STARS at the Animal care address: 5245 Feather River Blvd. Olivehurst, CA 95961. You can also donate via our Facebook page. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

kittensThe Empty the Shelter Event was successful, but there are still wonderful animals that need new homes! Please come down to the shelter and take a look! We have both cats and dogs!

Upcoming Events

Shot Clinic: October 21, 2018: At YCACS: 5245 Feather River Blvd.

Pet of Adoption Event: November 3, 2018

Yuba County Animal Care Services is located at 5245 Feather River Blvd., Olivehurst. The phone number is 530-741-6478. Kennels are open Monday – Friday 10am – 3:30 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm. You can also go to ww.petharbor.com or www.petfinder.com to see all of our adoptable animals and look for your lost family pets, or check out our Facebook page, Yuba County Animal Care Services@yubacountyACS. We also have an Amazon wish list if you would like to help support the shelter. The link to our wish list is; Amazon.com http://a.co/7qGE7rO.

TOPICS OF INTEREST

STARS Volunteers: Volunteers are needed for the animal shelter. If you have time on your hands and would like to help out, become a a STARS volunteer. Contact Deneen Barnhill at the shelter to find out how.

Donations: The STARS help support the ACS Shelter. Donations are used to help offset spay and neutering costs, feed costs, and other costs associated with the care of the animals. If you would like to donate, you may send donations/checks to YCACS STARS at the Animal care address: 5245 Feather River Blvd. Olivehurst, CA 95961. You can also donate via our Facebook page. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.