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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 Feb. 18:

It's wet to start the week. When you do get outside, between or after storms, concentrate on damage control:

* Keep storm drains and gutters clear of debris.

* Clean up tree debris knocked down by wind and rain.

* Where did the water flow in your garden? Make notes where revisions are necessary.

* Are any trees leaning? See disturbances in the ground or lawn around their base? Time to call an arborist before the tree topples.

* Dump excess water out of pots.

* Indoors, start peppers, tomatoes and eggplant from seed.

* Lettuce and other greens also can be started indoors from seed.

* Got bare-root plants? Put their roots in a bucket of water until outdoor soil dries out. Or pot them up in 1- or 5-gallon containers. In April, transplant the plant, rootball and all, into the garden.

* Browse garden websites and catalogs. It’s not too late to order for spring and summer.

* Show your indoor plants some love. Dust leaves and mist to refresh.

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