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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 Dec. 10:

Take advantage of these dry but crisp conditions. It’s time to get out the rake!

* Rake leaves away from storm drains and keep gutters clear.

* Fallen leaves can be used for mulch and compost. Chop up large leaves with a couple of passes with a lawn mower.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they’re dormant. Without their foliage, trees are easier to prune.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Make sure to take frost precautions with new transplants and sensitive plants. Mulch, water and cover tender plants in the late afternoon to retain warmth.

* Succulent plants are at particular risk if temperatures drop below freezing. Don’t water succulents before frost; cover instead. Use cloth sheets, not plastic. Make sure to remove coverings during the day.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eaves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Plant garlic (December's the last chance -- the ground is getting cold!) and onions for harvest in summer.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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