UC Pest Notes -University of California’s official guidelines for pest monitoring techniques, pesticides, and non-pesticide alternatives for managing pests around  

Homes, people, & pet

Agricultural Fruits and Vegetable Crops

Invisible fence kits to help keep out deer, pets, etc.:

Growing Roses

Rose Pests:


General Fruit Tree Information:

  • Fruit Tree Chilling Requirements:
    • Dormancy is broken when sufficient cold temperature breaks down the growth inhibitors within the tree. This is called vernalization, “chilling,” or “winter chill.” A specific number of cumulative hours of chilling (temperatures between 32°F – 45°F), are required to break dormancy, which varies from variety to variety.

Chilling Unit Accumulation – A City by City listing from November 1 through March 30 – the usual dormant season for California’s tree fruit and nut crops.

Varieties of Fruits and Nuts:

Low Chill or Southern Highbush Varieties

Diseases and Pest of Fruit Trees:

Sub-Tropical Fruits:

Native Plants 

  • Calscape –  Use the Calscape Garden Planner to find plants unique to your zip code and design ideas for a range of landscaping styles.

Tidbits and other stuff: