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Learn irrigation basics at free workshops

Green Acres watering seminars cover drip conversions, technology upgrades and more

Smart irrigation controllers can be controlled via an app on your phone. Water-efficient rotary nozzles put water where it's needed with little or no run-off.

Smart irrigation controllers can be controlled via an app on your phone. Water-efficient rotary nozzles put water where it's needed with little or no run-off.

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How much water do tomatoes really need? When is the best time to irrigate? (And why is watering so complicated?)

We all have water-related questions and it’s no wonder. Irrigation ranks right up there among the most confusing topics for gardeners. Yet proper watering is one of the major keys to gardening success. Conversion from traditional sprinklers to drip irrigation can save thousands of gallons annually (and a lot of cash, too). So can the installation of a smart irrigation controller or water-efficient rotary nozzles, two upgrades that can be easily done with no special tools.

Learn how to get the most out of your irrigation system during free workshops on Saturday, July 8, at all locations of Green Acres Nursery & Supply.

At 10 a.m. July 8, every Green Acres will host “Irrigation 101: Water Efficiency,” an information-packed seminar that simplifies this essential topic. Green Acres irrigation experts will walk participants through the steps of retrofitting sprinklers and upgrading technology. They’ll also answer questions about specific circumstances.

In addition, find out about available rebates that can help pay for your garden’s irrigation upgrades. Green Acres stocks many of these irrigation components, and staff will help participants pick out the right parts for their irrigation needs.

Green Acres nurseries are located in Sacramento, Auburn, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Rocklin and Roseville.

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For week of Nov. 26:

Concentrate on helping your garden stay comfortable during these frosty nights – and clean up all those leaves!

* Irrigate frost-tender plants such as citrus in the late afternoon. That extra soil moisture increases temperatures around the plant a few degrees, just enough to prevent frost damage. The exception are succulents; too much water before frost can cause them to freeze.

* Cover sensitive plants before the sun goes down. Use cloth sheets or frost cloths, not plastic sheeting, to hold in warmth. Make sure to remove covers in the morning.

* Use fall leaves as mulch around shrubs and vegetables. Mulch acts as a blanket and keeps roots warmer.

* Stop dead-heading; let rose hips form on bushes to prompt dormancy.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs.

* 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 – and definitely indoors overnight. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they’ll bloom again next December.

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

* Plant spring bulbs. Don’t forget the tulips chilling in the refrigerator. Daffodils can be planted without pre-chilling.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers and plant such spring bloomers as sweet peas, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Plant trees and shrubs. They’ll benefit from fall and winter rains while establishing their roots.

* Set out cool-weather annuals such as pansies and snapdragons.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins now. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb.

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