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Learn about fruit tree care in Woodland

If you want to grow perfect apples, or any other tree fruit, winter care
is a key to keeping the tree healthy. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Winter is best time to help your backyard orchard

Is your resolution to get your backyard orchard in shape? Or to start growing some of your own fruit?

Sign up now for this class on fruit tree care, offered by the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency.

This free hands-on fruit tree care class will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden, located at 137 N. Cottonwood St. in Woodland, behind the Bauer Building.

The interactive class will be taught by Bonnie Berman, a UC master gardener of Yolo County.

“Bonnie has a wealth of knowledge about fruit tree pruning, common fruit tree pests and how to control them, as well as tips on how to improve the lifespan of your fruit trees,” according to the class announcement. “Winter is the optimal time to care for your fruit trees to help them stay healthy and productive.”

Pre-registration for this class is required by Jan. 24; space is limited. To register, contact David Linebarger at:
530-666-8429 or .

“Participants are encouraged to dress for cold weather and wear shoes that can get dirty,” say the organizers. “In the event of steady rain, the class will be postponed or canceled.”

For more information, go here .


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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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