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Plant right tree in the right place

With a graceful shape, Mayten is a popular
evergreen lawn tree in Sacamento.
(Photo: Debbie Arrington)
Green Acres offers advice at free workshop

Crape myrtle bark adds
interest in winter.
(Photo: Debbie Arrington)
Need a new tree? Learn about trees for any situation Saturday morning, Jan. 26, during free workshops at
Green Acres Nursery & Supply .

Set for 10 a.m., “Find the Right Tree for Your Landscape” will be held simultaneously at all five Green Acres locations in Sacramento, Elk Grove, Folsom, Rocklin and Roseville. Experts will share advice on how to select the best tree for any location and growing conditions from a container on a small patio to a steep slope in the foothills. Trees appropriate for lawns also will be discussed as well as what size tree to plant.

Factors such as eventual size, growth habits and water needs will be covered as well as guidelines for planting and year-round care. See many examples in the nurseries as well as get recommendations for specific situations.

This free seminar is part of Green Acres’ weekly series, scheduled for 10 a.m. each Saturday.

More details and directions:

- Debbie Arrington


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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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