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UC Davis Arboretum nursery hosts clearance sale

Find deep discounts on water-wise and native plants

The garden carts will be in demand again at the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery's Clearance Sale this Saturday.

The garden carts will be in demand again at the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery's Clearance Sale this Saturday.

Kathy Morrison

It’s one of my favorite words: “Sale!” Even better: “Clearance sale!” And for the trifecta: “Clearance plant sale!”

How can I resist? Or you, too!

Saturday, Nov. 5, the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery hosts its annual Fall Clearance Plant Sale. Open to the public, this huge sale features hundreds of varieties of water-wise and native plants – perfect for Sacramento-area gardens. During its last public sale of 2022, the one-acre nursery wants to send as many plants as possible to new homes – and make room for 2023’s inventory.

Now is the best time to transplant many of these perennials, shrubs, trees, succulents, vines, grasses and bulbs. The Arboretum Teaching Nursery specializes in climate-appropriate, water-wise plants that are proven to thrive in our area. Not only do they use less water, these easy-care plants are very attractive and support wildlife.

Customers will receive 20% off all plants. Members of the Friends of the Arboretum receive an extra 10% discount (30% total). Not a member? Join at the door and get a free gift.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. An inventory list will be available on the arboretum’s plant sales page.

The Arboretum Teaching Nursery is located on campus on Garrod Drive near the small-animal veterinarian hospital.

For directions and details (including an updated nursery map):

-- Debbie Arrington


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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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