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Walk with Warren still set for Wednesday


Warren Roberts is superintendent emeritus of the UC Davis Arboretum. A stroll with him is priceless -- and free. (Photo courtesy UC Davis Arboretum)

Smoke hasn't canceled -- yet -- this popular free event at UC Davis Arboretum

Fall in the arboretum is not to be missed, especially when accompanied by a pun-loving plantsman.

While other events have been canceled due to smoky conditions, this beloved tradition will go on -- at least tentatively.

Warren Roberts, superintendent emeritus for the UC Davis Arboretum, plans to lead his popular Walk with Warren at noon Wednesday, Nov. 14. Current air quality forecasts call for Wednesday conditions to be better than Monday or Tuesday, although still unhealthful for strenuous exercise.

This free event will be a story-filled stroll -- not jog -- through the arboretum's gardens and an opportunity to chat with Roberts, one of our area's most knowledgeable plant authorities. Filled with botany-based puns, he's also very engaging and makes any visit to the arboretum memorable.

His November walk focuses on the changing season including the arboretum's many colorful trees, finally displaying their fall foliage.

Meet at the Arboretum Gazebo on the UC Davis campus. Parking ($9 for a daily pass) is available on Garrod Drive or in Visitor Lot 55.

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Dig In: Garden Checklist for week of April 7

The warm wave coming this week will shift weeds into overdrive. Get to work!

* Weed, weed, weed! Whack them before they flower.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden is really hungry. Feed shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash. Plant onion sets.

* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias. Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom. April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce and cabbage seedlings.

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