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Your Bay-Friendly Fall Garden

Photograph by mystuart.

  It feels like fall in Morro Bay. The air is cooler—especially at night, the monarchs are coming back, and we’ve even had a little rain  (with more forecast for this weekend!). While lower temperatures make many plants slow down, you can still use bay-friendly techniques to keep your garden active through the fall and winter. Plant natives in the fall Fall is a great time to plant California natives. While you can put most natives in the ground throughout the year, the California Native Plant Society recommends planting them in the fall or early winter so that they have …

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Give a Day for the Bay with Morro Bay in Bloom

Thomas, a long-term volunteer with Morro Bay in Bloom, surveys the succulent bed at the top of Centennial Parkway’s staircase.

  Every Saturday morning at 9 a.m., Morro Bay in Bloom volunteers spring into action. They meet at different locations each week, and work together to beautify Morro Bay. When they landscape and tidy public spaces, they follow bay-friendly practices like planting drought-tolerant plants, avoiding the use of herbicides, and removing invasives. We are happy that Morro Bay in Bloom has dedicated three of their regularly scheduled cleanups this summer and fall to our Give a Day for the Bay campaign. This past weekend, the “Bloomies” (as they sometimes call themselves) met at the top of the stairway in Centennial …

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Gardening in a Morro Bay-Friendly Way

  Gardening—whether you’re filling a large yard or tending a few potted plants outside your window—is a great hobby. It allows you to get your hands dirty and to reconnect with nature. It beautifies our neighborhoods and can provide valuable habitat to native birds, butterflies, insects, and other species. However, it’s important to remember that the choices we make in our gardens have a big impact on the watershed. Some products that are used to keep plants looking lush (like pesticides and fertilizers) can be harmful to the natural environment. Some plants need a lot of water, reducing the amount of …

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