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NorCal Home & Landscape Expo returns to Cal Expo

Huge show features full schedule of garden seminars

Displays and ideas for sprucing up outdoor spaces will be part of the show this weekend.

Displays and ideas for sprucing up outdoor spaces will be part of the show this weekend.

Photo courtesy NorCal Home & Landscape Expo

What’s on your home and garden to-do list? Likely you’ll find inspiration and the expert help and products to get things done at the 2023 Northern California Home & Landscape Expo.

Set for Friday through Sunday, Feb. 3-5, this show is huge – “California’s largest three-day show of its kind,” say the producers. It packs Cal Expo’s exhibit halls with vendors, displays and demonstrations.

California Pets Showcase fills an entire building with goods and services for our animal companions. The NARI Remodeling Showcase offers advice and ideas for makeovers big or small. Learn about home office innovations as well as see the latest in furnishings and design.

Free workshops and seminars will be offered each day. Among the highlights for gardeners:

* 1 p.m. Friday: UC master gardener Pam Bone will address “Myths and Facts of Landscape Tree Care: What research teaches us about the right and wrong ways to plant and care for trees.”

* 2 p.m. Friday: Suzanne Bontempo, owner of Plant Harmony and the IPM Advocate Program Coordinator for Our Water Our World, will discuss “Gardening for the Good Bugs,” with ideas on how to attract more beneficial insects to your garden.

* 3 p.m. Friday: Celebrated landscape designer and author Michael Glassman presents “Landscapes Without Limitations: Big Ideas for Small Spaces.”

* 11 a.m. Saturday: Bontempo is back with “Growing Healthy Gardens from the Ground Up,” focusing on soil health.

* 1 p.m. Saturday: Glassman shows how your outdoor space can become staycation-worthy in “Creating the Ultimate Outdoor Living and Vacation Environment in Your Own Backyard.”

* 2 p.m. Saturday: Annie Costa, owner of TuffGrass, discusses “Ways Your Landscape Can Thrive Under Water Restrictions.”

* 3 p.m. Saturday: Landscape expert Jay Martinez shows how to “Transform Your Landscape into a Beautiful, Low-Maintenance Yard.”

* 1 p.m. Sunday: Sacramento water-wise landscape expert and author Roberta Walker uses her decades of expertise in her presentation, “Learn How to Create a Beautiful, Low-Maintenance & Sustainable Landscape.”

* 3 p.m. Sunday: Thinking of ditching your turf? Associate designer Matthew Vasquez of Michael Glassman & Associates presents “Water Smart Lawn Alternatives.”

In addition, Sacramento County master gardeners will be on hand daily to answer questions and offer advice. It’s not too late to buy one of their excellent 2023 calendars and garden guides (just $10).

NorCal Home & Landscape Expo will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10; children under age 12 are admitted free. On Friday, seniors (age 62 and up) get in for half price. Parking: $10. (No pets, please.)

Cal Expo is located at 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento.



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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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