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Landscape design with cost in mind

Manzanita with white flowers
This pointleaf manzanita is a good choice for landscaping. Learn what works and avoid mistakes during the next water-wise webinar presented by the Regional Water Authority. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Free webinar tackles how to make the most of outdoor space without breaking the bank

Landscaping can be expensive. So can landscaping mistakes.

Before you dig into renovating your outdoor space or planting a landscape for the first time, get expert advice on how much your ideas may cost.

Presented by landscaping makeover experts, “Landscape Design with Cost in Mind” will discuss many of the common dilemmas homeowners face when tackling outdoor projects or redesigns. Registration is now open for this free one-hour webinar, set
for noon Feb. 25.

Presented by the Regional Water Authority and the City of Sacramento, this workshop will use real landscape makeovers to demonstrate common issues.

“Figuring out how much to budget and what a landscape project costs can be mind boggling,” say the organizers. “In this webinar, we’ll cover the basic stages of creating a landscape design with the focus on options and related costs to help in the decision-making process. Actual landscape projects will be featured to give an understanding of what these example landscapes cost to design and install based on the use of various materials, features and methods.”

Among those projects will be ideas that not only look beautiful, but save water, too. Creative designs can do more than "fill space"; for example, a good landscape can attract pollinators with native plants and bring more wildlife into your life.

Presenters include three top water-wise landscaping experts: Cheryl Buckwalter of Landscape Liaisons; Soleil Tranquilli of Tranquill Gardens; and Marcia Scott of Marcia Scott Landscape Design.
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For week of March 19:

Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to fight blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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