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Cal Expo hosts Sacramento Home and Garden Show

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Garden gadgets and more will be offered at the Sacramento Home and Garden
show this weekend. (Photo courtesy Sacramento Home and Garden Show)

Seniors get discount admission on Friday; hundreds of vendors at 38th annual event

Get ready for home improvement season during the 38th annual Sacramento Home and Garden Show, which opens Friday at Cal Expo.

Hundreds of vendors and displays will be offered during this three-day show, billed as Sacramento’s original home show. According to show organizers, the vendor list features experts in “patio covers and sunrooms, heating and air conditioning, landscaping, solar, building contractors, electrical and plumbing specialists, real estate, travel, finance, floor covering, garage cabinets, home entertainment, interior design, home furnishings, kitchen and bath cabinets and appliances, lighting, roofing, painting, gutters, home security, windows, doors, siding, tile, stone, marble and granite counters/surfaces.”

And of course, gardening and landscaping will be part of this big show with demonstration gardens and displays. Discover gadgets galore as well as garden art, sheds, furniture, hardscape, ceramics, plants and more. A full list of vendors is available from the show’s website. Click here for the vendor map:

Forming a one-stop home marketplace, most vendors will be inside Cal Expo’s Pavilion Building. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. General admission is $7; children age 12 and younger admitted free. Parking: $10. No pets allowed.

Friday is seniors day; admission is $3 for patrons age 62 and older.

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For week of March 26:

Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.

* 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 help corral blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.

To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.

* 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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