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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 Jan. 29

Bundle up and get work done!

* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.

* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.

* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.

* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.

* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.

* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.

* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.

* Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.

* Cut back and divide chrysanthemums.

* Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs.

* Transplant pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, snapdragons and fairy primroses.

* In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.

* Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.

* In the bulb department, plant callas, anemones, ranunculus and gladiolus for bloom from late spring into summer.

* Plant blooming azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. If you’re shopping for these beautiful landscape plants, you can now find them in full flower at local nurseries.

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