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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 Dec. 3:

Make the most of gaps between raindrops. This is a busy month!

* Windy conditions brought down a lot of leaves. Make sure to rake them away from storm drains.

* Use those leaves as mulch around frost-tender shrubs and new transplants.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they're dormant.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Plant one last round of spring bulbs including daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas. Get those tulips out of the refrigerator and into the ground.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers such as California poppies.

* Plant such spring bloomers as sweet pea, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Late fall is the best time to plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from fall and winter rains.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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