Get tips on tackling roses, trees, shrubs
Perennials such as this potted hyssop also need pruning this time of year. Find out the whys and hows of winter pruning during Green Acres seminars this Saturdays.
It’s pruning season – as if we haven’t said that enough – and here’s another source of expert advice: Free pruning seminars this Saturday.
Green Acres Nursery & Supply will host pruning seminars at 10 am. Saturday, Jan. 21, at all seven of its locations. No advance registration necessary.
“Learn when to prune and discover the right techniques from our pros,” says Green Acres.
It’s a great opportunity to ask questions about specific plants and perplexing pruning dilemmas (such as where to start?)
Green Acres staff will tackle roses and fruit trees as well as more unusual shrubs and ornamental trees. Get tips about pruning berries and perennials, too.
Find the right tools for the job; Green Acres staff are garden tool experts and can advise on selecting hand pruners, loppers, saws and other time savers. Make every cut count.
Green Acres is located in Sacramento, Roseville, Folsom, Elk Grove, Rocklin, Auburn and Citrus Heights.
For more details and the location closest to you: www.idiggreenacres.com.
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