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Happy Fall! 

We hope you enjoy these tips specific to this beautiful time of year.

Timely Tips


Here in California, you can’t talk about fall without talking about fire safety. Check out FireSafe Marin for important information about how to keep your home safe including fire-smart landscaping tips from Marin Master Gardeners. Sign up for free curbside “Chipper Days” to get rid of unwanted brush that can be a fire hazard as well as provide unwanted shelter for rats.


Fall is the ideal time to feed the life in your soil with compost. You can make your own compost, or check out this video and try vermicomposting. Both are great ways to reduce waste and turn it into the best fertilizer for your garden. Or, simply buy quality compost at your local nursery. 


Want to do more for the environment? If you’re not actively using your lawn, consider getting rid of it. You will reduce your water and chemical use and never mow again! It’s a great time of year to do it. Learn how to get started by watching this video about sheet mulching


Rodents can be troublesome all year but especially in the fall. Whether it’s rats and squirrels stealing your fruit or gophers and moles mounding dirt in your yard, YardSmartMarin has a wealth of information on how to manage these critters. Don’t use poisons! They may be fast but they often kill more than the target rodent; poisons also kill animals like hawks, owls, foxes, raccoons, skunks (and even pet cats and dogs) who eat rodents. Here are better ways to prevent rat problems.

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Virtual Events

Due to physical distancing requirements, these events are all virtual. Mark your calendar and click the links to reserve your space.


Climate-Smart Gardening: Part 1 (Impact & Mitigation)

September 9, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Understanding our climate and microclimates is key to choosing the right plants for our gardens, especially in the context of climate change. Come and learn how climate affects our gardens and best practices we can employ to adapt our gardens to climate change.


Planning and Designing a Low Water Use Garden

September 15, 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Learn how to use rain barrels and other creative techniques to collect and reuse your rainwater, and then select native plants and drought-tolerant Mediterranean plants to create a climate-appropriate and inviting landscape.


Gardening for Pollinators: a 4-Part Series

Part 1: An Introduction: What is a pollinator habitat garden?

September 20, 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Part 2: Pollinators and the plants they love

September 27, 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Part 3: Planning your pollinator garden

October 4, 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Part 4: Caring for your pollinator garden

October 11, 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Marin County IPM Meeting 
October 23, 9:00 AM

Why attend an IPM meeting?  You can learn about one of the most progressive eco-friendly public integrated pest management programs in our region, and if you have questions, concerns or suggestions for Marin County Parks management, it’s an opportunity to have your voice heard. Prepare for the meeting (or just learn more about IPM in Marin County) by reviewing this 2019 Integrated Pest Management Report.

The Zoom link is not currently available but it will be posted here and the event will livestream here.

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Bonus Bits

Many people think of food gardening as a spring and summer activity. However, here are some winter edibles you can plant right now along with a checklist of things you should be doing in your garden this fall from Marin Master Gardeners.

Are you currently enjoying fall fruit from your garden? Do you have more apples or pears than you can eat? Contact our friends at Share the Bounty. They will pick up your excess fruit and bring it to the SF-Marin Food Bank. They can even help you harvest! Email them at or visit their website to learn more.

The Marin County Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Commission recognizes individuals and organizations that demonstrate innovation, knowledge, skill, leadership, inspiration, and courage in pursuing new systems of pest management that result in reduction in pesticide use within Marin County.  If you know of a group, company or individual that you would like to nominate for this annual recognition award, please submit your nomination here.


Thanks for reading and we look forward to hearing from you,

The YardSmartMarin Team

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