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Sacramento Home & Garden Show returns to Cal Expo

Find three days of inspiration, vendors and deals

What's your garden style? This modern garden is featured in a post on the Original Sacramento Home & Garden Show's blog. Find landscaping and garden inspiration in person at the show this weekend.

What's your garden style? This modern garden is featured in a post on the Original Sacramento Home & Garden Show's blog. Find landscaping and garden inspiration in person at the show this weekend. Courtesy the Original Sacramento Home & Garden Show blog

Get ready to get inspired (and maybe pick up some new gadgets). It’s home show season.

This week, the Original Sacramento Home & Garden Show returns for three days of exhibits, demonstrations and vendors. It’s a spring tradition that annually attracts thousands of Sacramento-area residents to Cal Expo.

The spring show opens Friday, March 15, and continues through Sunday, March 17, with scores of exhibitors and home show deals. The vendors will be located in Buildings A and B on the Cal Expo fairgrounds.

For more than 40 years, this Sacramento show has brought together homeowners looking for renovation help or ideas with local businesses that specialize in home and garden services or products.

“Everything you need to update and improve your home inside and out,” say the organizers. “Get show-only specials and all your questions answered by the experts. Window & doors, kitchens & bathrooms, pools & spas, outdoor kitchens & landscaping, pavers & turf, patio covers, HVAC & solar, whole-house fans & pest control, granite & stone, fencing & decking, roofing & gutters, flooring, cash & carry & more!”

This spring’s outdoor sections are anchored by The Garden, an inspirational oasis presented by SC Construction, and The Patio, a relaxed area for patrons to kick back and listen to live music (while contemplating projects). Next to The Garden will be a booth with local garden experts to answer questions about what plants might be right for your garden.

Show hours are noon to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

General admission: $8; seniors (age 65 and up), $6; and active military and veterans, $6 (with military ID). Youths age 17 and younger admitted free with an adult. Parking: $10.

Cal Expo is located at 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento.

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* 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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