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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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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Nov. 27

Before the rain comes later in the week, take advantage of sunny, calm days:

* This may be your last chance this season for the first application of copper fungicide spray to peach and nectarine trees. Leaf curl, which shows up in the spring, is caused by a fungus that winters as spores on the limbs and around the tree in fallen leaves. Sprays are most effective now, but they need a few days of dry weather after application to really “stick.” If you haven’t yet, spray now.

* Rake and compost leaves, but dispose of any diseased plant material. For example, if peach and nectarine trees showed signs of leaf curl this year, clean up under trees and dispose of those leaves instead of composting.

* Make sure storm drains are clear of any debris.

* Give your azaleas, gardenias and camellias a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim chrysanthemums to 6 to 8 inches above the ground after they’re done blooming. Keep potted mums in their containers until next spring. Then, they can be planted in the ground, if desired, or repotted.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while dormant.

* Plant bulbs for spring bloom. Don’t forget the tulips chilling in the refrigerator. Other suggestions: daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas.

* Seed wildflowers including California poppies.

* Also from seed, plant sweet pea, sweet alyssum, bachelor buttons and other spring flowers.

* Plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from winter rains.

* Set out cool-weather annuals such as pansies and snapdragons.

* Lettuce, cabbage, broccoli and cool-season greens can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* If you decide to use a living Christmas tree this year, keep it outside in a sunny location until Christmas week. This reduces stress on the young tree.

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