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This garden advice is 'More Important than Ever'

Master gardeners offer free garden makeover workshop

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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: .


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The warm wave coming this week will shift weeds into overdrive. Get to work!

* Weed, weed, weed! Whack them before they flower.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* 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 is really hungry. Feed 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.

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

* Transplant lettuce and cabbage seedlings.

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