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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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Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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