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Green Acres hosts Fall Festival

Colorful chrysanthemums will be featured during Green Acres' Fall Festival. (Photos: Debbie Arrington)
All five locations offer old-fashioned family fun, garden style

Get your garden into full-out fall mode. This free fest offers plenty of ideas, plants and products – in five locations – plus family fun, too.

On the first Saturday of the new season, Green Acres Nursery & Supply hosts its annual Fall Festival with live music, games, pumpkin patches, face painting, balloons and more.

The celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. Admission and parking are free.

DIY Workshops will show how to make a mini-pumpkin centerpiece, perfect for fall holiday entertaining; course fee and materials, $7.50. Raffles and pie walks offer free prizes for patrons.

Experts will be on hand to provide advice on beekeeping, irrigation, fall planting and tools. Demonstrations and workshops vary by location; check details online at .

At the Elk Grove nursery, two food trucks – I Scream Yogurt and Dapper Demand hot dogs – will serve lunch and snacks to shoppers. Other refreshments will be offered at each store.

Fall is for planting. Find a huge selection of chrysanthemums and fall favorites.

Green Acres has locations in Sacramento (8501 Jackson Road), Elk Grove (9220 E. Stockton Blvd.), Folsom (205 Serpa Way), Rocklin (5436 Crossings Drive) and Roseville (901 Galleria Blvd.).

Details and directions: .

- Debbie Arrington

Tables packed with mums, ready for fall planting.


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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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