August in Sonoma County
California Native Plants
If you are thinking of adding natives to your garden, this is a good time to start planning. Look through our page on California natives and pick the right plants for your garden.
You may want to start visiting nurseries that offer native plants. Remember, not all the plants are available when you are ready, so you may want to grab them and care for them till you are ready to plant in the fall.
Summer weed management
|Now is still a good time to control weeds! Weeds become aggressive garden competitors if you don’t control them, and it’s best to remove them before they go to seed. With persistence, weeds in the home garden can be managed without using chemicals. Find out more here.|
Fire risk is a huge concern in August as is it can be one of the hottest and driest months of the year. By implementing informed landscape practices, and by creating zones of defensible space, we can help ensure our landscapes are more fire resilient, beautiful and safer habitats for wildlife. Read more on Wildfire Preparedness in the Home Landscape.
Climate Forward Trees Webinar (replay)This video is available on our YouTube channel. Learn how to water trees during the drought and rebates available for efficient tree irrigation. Find out how to select trees that will thrive in our changing climate and, once established, will need little water. We also present the outcome of the Climate Forward Trees project, a list of trees Santa Rosa residents can plant now that will thrive for the next 30-50 years.
- Keeping Your Plants Alive under Drought or Water Restrictions (UC ANR)
- Current Water Supply Levels (Sonoma Water)
- Drought Management Guidelines
- Gardening in a Drought
- Growing Vegetables in a Drought
- Fruit Trees in a Drought
Visit our Food Gardening web page for monthly food garden tasks and tips and food gardening articles.
August and September are months of abundant harvest in Sonoma County. Be sure to pick your warm weather crops at their peak. Keep your eye out for pests and take precautions to combat abiotic crop symptoms caused by extremely hot weather.
Hot Days in the SummertimeHot Days and Your Garden to see how some of our Food Gardening Specialists protect their thirsty gardens from the hot sun.
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In-person Library Talks are back!
Building on our long collaboration with the Sonoma County Library, Master Gardeners will be offering in-person talks at the various branches. Keep your eye on our Upcoming Events list for the dates, times, and locations. Space is limited and registration is required. Click on each event to find the registration link.
|Landscape Maintenance in the Defensible Space||8/16/2022|
|Sizzling Summer Succulent Sale - Jail Industries- Santa Rosa||8/20/2022|
|A Garden of herbal delights - Rincon||8/20/2022|
|Planting natives guided by ecology - Sonoma||8/27/2022|
|Super Succulents for Sonoma County - Sebastopol||9/10/2022|
Managing Plant Problems
Fire blight, caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora, is a common and destructive disease of pome fruit trees and related plants in Sonoma County. This includes pear, quince, apple, crabapple, and firethorns. Click here for more information on this disease.
The Bagrada bug is an invasive pest that is new to Sonoma County. It is a small stink bug that can cause damage to crops in the mustard family as well as other crops. Click here for more information on this pest.
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