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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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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Sept. 25

This week's warm break will revive summer crops such as peppers and tomatoes that may still be trying to produce fruit. Pumpkins and winter squash will add weight rapidly.

Be on the lookout for powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that may be enjoying this combination of warm air and moist soil.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Plant for fall now. The warm soil will get cool-season veggies and flowers off to a fast start.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with "eyes" about an inch below the soil surface.

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