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Walk with Warren and enjoy fall foliage

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Warren Roberts will regale visitors with stories and information about plants in the UC Davis Arboretum on
Wednesday, Nov. 13. (Photo courtesy UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden)

UC Davis Arboretum tour set for noon Nov. 13

Get out and enjoy this amazing fall weather – and beautiful foliage, too – during another “Walk with Warren.”

Set for noon Wednesday, Nov. 13, this free guided tour of the UC Davis Arboretum will be led by famous plantsman and storyteller Warren Roberts, the arboretum’s superintendent emeritus and all-around expert. Beloved for his plant puns as well as encyclopedic knowledge, Roberts is a delightful lunchtime companion. He’ll show off the arboretum’s autumn bloomers as well as other fall highlights.

Meet Roberts at the Arboretum Gazebo. Free one-hour parking is available along Garrod Drive near the gazebo. Or park in Visitor Lot 55 ($9) and stay longer.

After this November gathering, Roberts has one more tour scheduled for 2019 at noon Dec. 11.

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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.

* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash. Plant onion sets.

* 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.

* Transplant lettuce and cabbage seedlings.

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