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Get 'Garden Smart,' in nurseries now

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'Garden Smart' is available at nurseries and several
other locations in the region.

Free magazine details many ways to create a water-wise landscape

Thinking about a water-wise landscape but don’t know where to start? Pick up a copy of “Garden Smart,” now available in Sacramento-area nurseries.

Presented by the Regional Water Authority, this free 16-page magazine outlines how to create a beautiful and stress-free landscape suited to Sacramento’s climate – now and for decades to come.

Learn how to make “lawn lasagna” and replace thirsty turf with colorful alternatives. See an inspirational garden makeover that turned a plain front yard into a butterfly and bee haven.

Find out how farmers save water and how those lessons can be applied to your own garden – including the least-thirsty crops to grow. Get tips on how to save your trees as well as what to plant for the future.

In addition, there are dozens of plant suggestions, tips and links to rebates and resources.

Written and edited by Debbie Arrington of Sac Digs Gardening, “Garden Smart” was produced in Sacramento by N&R Publications.

Participating nurseries and garden-related companies include all Green Acres Nursery and Supply locations plus Anderson’s Sierra Pipe Co., Big Oak Nursery, Bushnell Gardens, Elderberry Farms, El Dorado Nursery, Fair Oaks Boulevard Nursery, Goude’s Wholesale Nursery, High-Hand Nursery, Normac Irrigation, SiteOne Landscape Supply, Talini’s Nursery, The Plant Foundry, The Secret Garden and Thompson Building Materials and Nursery.

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Garden Checklist for week of April 14

It's still not warm enough to transplant tomatoes directly in the ground, but we’re getting there.

* April is the last chance to plant citrus trees such as dwarf orange, lemon and kumquat. These trees also look good in landscaping and provide fresh fruit in winter.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden needs nutrients. Fertilize shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash.

* Plant onion sets.

* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias.

* Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom.

* Mid to late April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce seedlings. Choose varieties that mature quickly such as loose leaf.

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