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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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For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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