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Discover Woodlake during home tour

Tudor-inspired homes like this one are typical of the Woodlake neighborhood, focus of Preservation Sacramento's Historic Home Tour on Sunday. (Photo courtesy Preservation Sacramento)
Preservation Sacramento spotlights picturesque neighborhood

It’s one of Sacramento’s most picturesque neighborhoods, yet many locals have never seen it – or know where it is.

Sunday, discover Woodlake during Preservation Sacramento’s 44th annual Historic Home Tour.

This is only the second time the event – Sacramento’s longest-running home tour – has ventured outside the Grid into an outlying neighborhood. (The other was Elmhurst.)

“It’s a treat to walk through this neighborhood,” Luis Sumpter said. “It’s incredibly charming. It’s a

1920s piece of Americana.”

With its first custom homes built in 1922, Woodlake is part of what was originally North Sacramento. It’s bordered by Del Paso Boulevard, Arden Way and Highway 160.

Its winding streets deliberately contrasted with Sacramento’s logical straight-line grid. Those country-style lanes have names that echo Olde England – Oxford, Canterbury, Lochbrae – with Tudor-style homes to match.

Developers dubbed it “Sacramento’s Pasadena” and compared the tract to other tree-studded neighborhoods such as Chicago’s Lake Forest and San Francisco’s Saint Francis Wood. With a man-made lake and centuries-old oaks, Woodlake evoked that same country estate feel – only five minutes from the Capitol.

Massive oaks still dot the neighborhood, shading grand homes and quaint cottages. Five examples of Woodlake’s classic styles plus one historic office building will be featured during this popular event.

The tour is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. Advance tickets are $30 and available online. On tour day, tickets are $35 and available at the ticket booth in Woodlake Park, 500 Arden Way, Sacramento.



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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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