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This garden advice is 'More Important than Ever'

Master gardeners offer free garden makeover workshop

flowering shrubs of yellow, green, red
Here's a great example of a garden that uses less water -- it's the Water Efficient Landscape (WEL) at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center in Fair Oaks. A workshop Saturday by the Nevada County master gardeners will offer tips on a no-lawn landscape makeover. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

As California suffers through another drought and temperatures soar, more residents are asking themselves:

Is it maybe time to get rid of the lawn?

Get the answers you need before you launch your landscape project with a free virtual workshop, presented by the UC Master Gardeners of Nevada County

Set for 9 a.m. Saturday, July 24, “Garden Makeover: More Important than Ever” will show how Northern California residents can adapt their landscapes and gardening habits to help their gardens thrive with less water.

“As many parts of our county begin mandatory water cuts because of the continuing drought, and as our summer temperatures hit record highs, it's more important than ever to be water-wise in our gardens,” say the master gardeners.

Whether contemplating a full landscape makeover or just tweaking irrigation, this one-hour Zoom presentation will be packed with useful information. Among the topics to be discussed: plant selection; irrigation; water-saving techniques such as mulching; and converting lawn to landscape.

The master gardeners also will answer questions from participants.

No advance registration is required. To Zoom into the workshop, get the links and more details here:
http://ncmg.ucanr.org/ .

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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Feb. 5

Make the most of sunny days and get winter tasks done:

* This is the last chance to spray fruit trees before they bloom. Treat peach and nectarine trees with copper-based fungicide. Spray apricot trees at bud swell to prevent brown rot. Apply horticultural oil to control scale, mites and aphids on fruit trees soon after a rain. But remember: Oils need at least 24 hours to dry to be effective. Don’t spray during foggy weather or when rain is forecast.

* Feed spring-blooming shrubs and fall-planted perennials with slow-release fertilizer. Feed mature trees and shrubs after spring growth starts.

* Finish pruning roses and deciduous trees.

* Remove aphids from blooming bulbs with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap.

* Fertilize strawberries and asparagus.

* Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells.

* In the vegetable garden, plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers, and strawberry and rhubarb roots.

* Transplant cabbage and its close cousins – broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts – as well as lettuce (both loose leaf and head).

* Plant artichokes, asparagus and horseradish from root divisions.

* Plant potatoes from tubers and onions from sets (small bulbs). The onions will sprout quickly and can be used as green onions in March.

* From seed, plant beets, chard, lettuce, mustard, peas, radishes and turnips.

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