Help trees and shrubs grow their best with timely cuts
Pruning shrubs and trees properly helps them stay healthy and strong.
“Pruning with Purpose” tackles the whys as well as the how. Set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, this free workshop offered by the City of Roseville uses as examples trees and shrubs at Mahany Fitness Center’s courtyard and patio.
“What's the key to developing healthy, strong, and attractive trees and shrubs? Pruning, of course!” say the organizers. “A local arborist from Roseville Urban Forest Foundation (RUFF) will walk you through the purpose and techniques of pruning. In this hands-on workshop, we will explore pruning types, proper cutting tools, and identify what cuts should be made. These principles will give you confidence to prune all types of trees and plants.”
Space is limited; only a few slots are left. Register here: https://bit.ly/3HFXtXR
Part of Mahany Park, Mahany Fitness Center is located at 1545 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville.
For more gardening classes and events offered by the City of Roseville, check this listing.
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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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