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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 Dec. 10:

Take advantage of these dry but crisp conditions. It’s time to get out the rake!

* Rake leaves away from storm drains and keep gutters clear.

* Fallen leaves can be used for mulch and compost. Chop up large leaves with a couple of passes with a lawn mower.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they’re dormant. Without their foliage, trees are easier to prune.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Make sure to take frost precautions with new transplants and sensitive plants. Mulch, water and cover tender plants in the late afternoon to retain warmth.

* Succulent plants are at particular risk if temperatures drop below freezing. Don’t water succulents before frost; cover instead. Use cloth sheets, not plastic. Make sure to remove coverings during the day.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eaves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Plant garlic (December's the last chance -- the ground is getting cold!) and onions for harvest in summer.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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