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Find water-wise perennials at drive-through sale

During COVID restrictions, Yolo County master gardeners offer convenient (and safe) solution

French lavender, a favorite of bees, will be among the plants sold by the Yolo County master gardeners this week. (Photo: Debbie Arrington)

Get great plants, help master gardeners – and stay safe, too.

This week, the UC Cooperative Extension Yolo County Master Gardeners will host their “Premier Pre-Order Drive-Up Plant Sale.” Order by noon Thursday, Oct. 8. Then, pick-up at Woodland Community College on Saturday morning, Oct 9, between 9 a.m. and noon.

“Due to COVID-19, the YC Master Gardeners will be offering perennial drought-tolerant landscape plants online,” says the master gardeners’ website.

And the selection is enough to fill a landscape with attractive low-water favorites (such as aloe, agave, salvias and lavender) to more unusual choices (such as dragonfruit and Algerian iris). Find the full illustrated catalog here:

Make your selections, then go to the master gardeners’ checkout page:

Pay for your order and print out your receipt. Then, bring that receipt Saturday morning to Woodland College, 2300 E. Gibson Road, Woodland.

Your order will be placed in your car with no contact. Please wear a face mask.

More details and links:

- Debbie Arrington


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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.

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* 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.

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