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UC Davis Arboretum hosts clearance plant sale

Find great deals on water-wise shrubs, perennials and trees including Arboretum All-Stars

Fans of salvias can find many varieties of the perennial shrub at the UC Davis Teaching Nursery clearance sale this weekend. The ones shown here grow just outside the nursery.

Fans of salvias can find many varieties of the perennial shrub at the UC Davis Teaching Nursery clearance sale this weekend. The ones shown here grow just outside the nursery. Kathy Morrison

Early November offers prime planting conditions, particularly for water-wise shrubs, perennials and trees. California natives also appreciate a head start with fall planting. The relatively warm weather and soil prompts deep roots and a chance to become established before the challenges of hot weather next summer.

Where to find great deals and a huge selection of the right plants to put in the ground now? The UC Davis Arboretum’s Teaching Nursery, of course.

On Saturday, Nov. 4, the nursery hosts its annual fall clearance sale. Open to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., this sale is the last chance to tap into the nursery’s vast inventory this year. Admission is free.

“It’s the last sale of the season and, while many plants will be sold out, there will still be a great selection of attractive, low-water plants perfect for our region, all at clearance sale prices,” says the nursery’s staff. “Everything will be marked down 20 percent. … There will also be a deep discount bench for extra savings!”

Members of Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum save an additional 10% off their purchases. Not a Friend? Join at the gate and get a gift, too.

“Most of these plants we offer at these sales are grown on site, including the Arboretum All-Stars – our top recommended plants for Central Valley gardens,” say the sale organizers. “Our nursery staff, in addition to dozens of students and volunteers, propagate and grow the majority of plants we sell.

“By shopping these sales, you support the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s environmental leadership programs, the growth of our gardens and collections and the wide variety of free, educational events we offer the public.”

Thousands of plants are still available. Browse the assortment online before you go: https://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/plant-sales.

Need ideas? The nursery features several large demonstration beds spotlighting the Arboretum All-Stars and other staff favorites.

The Arboretum Teaching Nursery is located on Garrod Drive near the small animal veterinary hospital on the UC Davis campus.

For details and directions: https://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/.

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It's still not warm enough to transplant tomatoes directly in the ground, but we’re getting there.

* April is the last chance to plant citrus trees such as dwarf orange, lemon and kumquat. These trees also look good in landscaping and provide fresh fruit in winter.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden needs nutrients. Fertilize shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

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* Plant onion sets.

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* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom.

* Mid to late April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce seedlings. Choose varieties that mature quickly such as loose leaf.

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