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More time to shop All-Star plants

The UC Davis Arboretum nursery's plant sales draw gardeners from all over. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)
UC Davis Arboretum opens Saturday's entire sale to public

Come one, come all, come early. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the UC Davis Arboretum opens its entire fall plant sale to the public. Instead of only two hours, the public will have twice as long to shop.

Many gardeners will welcome that extra time. It isn't easy choosing; there are so many Arboretum All-Stars and other plants perfect for the Sacramento region. This fall, the Arboretum Teaching Nursery's selection started with almost 27,000 plants in about 670 varieties.

Past sales reserved special hours for Friends of the Arboretum; members still get a 10 percent discount. The Friends also will be on hand to offer plant advice and recommendations.
This rosa mutabilis is planted in a bed at the nursery, but
others are offered for sale.

Every variety in this sale was tested in local gardens and landscapes. The nursery's stock also is locally grown, an important plus. Unlike nursery stock brought in from coastal growers, these plants don't have to adjust to our climate.

This sale allows more time for the public to browse the one-acre nursery, located on Garrod Drive on the UC Davis campus. It's also a great chance to see the nursery's demonstration gardens, featuring many of the Arboretum favorites. Admission is free.

Looking for fall color with less water? Perennials and shrubs blooming now should offer repeat performances in your garden.

Only one more sale remains this year after this event. The nursery hosts its clearance sale Nov. 3.
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For week of March 26:

Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.

* 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 help corral blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.

To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.

* 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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