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~ February Meeting 2017 ~

Dr. James Downer, February’s PVGC guest speaker, shared a lot of his expertise in the limited time he had. He discussed the habitats that trees like-uncompacted, mulched soil-he talked about telltale signs to watch for to identify tree problems. He also discussed how to remove excess salts from soils. Finally, he touched on pruning, and we were all surprised to hear that we should remove as few leaves as possible when pruning! Dr. Donner stressed the importance of circle cuts versus flush cuts. We were all happy to hear that with the amount of rain that we've gotten, most large trees will have enough water to last til June. So, don't over-water your trees!

Dr. James Downer is currently interim County Director of the UC Cooperative Extension in Ventura County. He has a Ph.D. in plant pathology from UC Riverside, and specializes in arboriculture, soils, palm horticulture, and landscape ornamental pathology.

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Scrumptious goodies added by our hospitality group

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Succulants for the hospitality display

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Anita Kusas awarding entries

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Easter lily entry

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Camillia Entry

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A few fruits and veggies entered as well. Must have three for an entry.

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