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Learn how to 'prune like a pro'

Use bypass pruners for trimming roses,
small shrubs and perennials.
(Photo: Debbie Arrington)
Green Acres offers free workshops, covering perennials, shrubs, trees

Need help making the first cuts? Learn how to “Prune Like a Pro” at free workshops, hosted by
Green Acres Nursery & Supply .

At 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, professional horticulturists will share their secrets and techniques on how to prune perennials, shrubs and trees, from roses to evergreens. They’ll also cover methods used to prune hedges and topiaries, which need regular maintenance to look (and grow) their best.

These experts will demonstrate the methods used by professional landscapers and offer tips on tools, using pruning to train plant growth and ways to save time.

“Prune Like a Pro” workshops will be offered at all five Green Acres locations:

* 9220 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove;

* 205 Serpa Way, Folsom;

* 5436 Crossings Drive, Rocklin;

*901 Galleria Blvd., Roseville; and

* 8501 Jackson Road, Sacramento.

This is part of Green Acres’ series of Saturday morning workshops. Next week’s topic: “Veggie Gardening 101.”

More details: .

- Debbie Arrington


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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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