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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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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