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It's 'Walk with Warren' time again


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PUBLISHED SEP 4, 2019 12:16 P.M.
Warren Roberts is superintendent emeritus of the UC Davis Arboretum
and quite a raconteur. (Courtesy UC Davis Arboretum)
Popular arboretum guide starts his monthly series
It’s a new school year and a new season of exploration through the UC Davis Arboretum with everyone’s favorite pun-spinning garden guide, Warren Roberts.

At noon Sept. 11, join Roberts for his popular “Walk with Warren,” a lunchtime stroll in search of blooms and more. On this walk, he’ll discuss the change of seasons in the gardens including fall flowering bulbs and shrubs.

As superintendent emeritus, Roberts has a unique perspective of the arboretum gardens; he knows the full history of thousands of the arboretum's plants, where they came from, what they like, how they grow and why they were chosen for the collection. He probably has an entertaining story for every plant, too.

Meet at the Arboretum Gazebo. As always, admission is free. One-hour free parking is available along Garrod Drive near the Gazebo. Or stay longer and park in Visitor Parking Lot 55; a parking pass is $10.

Wear comfortable shoes and, if it’s particularly sunny, a hat and sunscreen. See how the arboretum’s water-wise gardens survived (and thrived) this summer and discover possibilities for your own landscape.

Roberts leads these Wednesday tours once a month. Become a "Walk with Warren" regular and really get to know this wonderful local resource.

Details and directions: arboretum.ucdavis.edu

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For week of March 19:

Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:

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

* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.

* 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 fight blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.

* 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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