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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: www.idiggreenacres.com

- 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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