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Image caption: Pruning shrubs and trees properly helps them stay healthy and strong.

Featured: Roseville workshop tackles 'Pruning with Purpose'

Help trees and shrubs grow their best with timely cuts

Sun, Jan 29, 2023

Stir up a quick batch of marmalade

Ripe limes, lemons become breakfast treat -- no canning required

Fri, Jan 27, 2023

After losing 75 trees to storms, UC Davis plants for future

Lost trees will be replaced by climate-ready alternatives

Tue, Jan 24, 2023

Park Winters offers dried floral 'experiences'

Hands-on opportunity uses bounty of estate's flower-filled gardens

Mon, Jan 23, 2023

Green Acres hosts huge houseplant event

Citrus Heights nursery location holds celebration of indoor jungles

Sun, Jan 22, 2023

Meyer lemons, almonds team in heavenly dessert bars

In-season Meyers are sweeter, ideal for baking

Sat, Jan 21, 2023

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 22

Chilly nights follow clear days; watch for frost

Fri, Jan 20, 2023

Get expert advice during Open Garden Day

Sacramento County master gardeners host free event Saturday

Tue, Jan 17, 2023

Dry weather may finally be coming soon

Sacramento posts impressive rain totals after a series of atmospheric rivers

Mon, Jan 16, 2023

Green Acres hosts free pruning seminars

Get tips on tackling roses, trees, shrubs

Sun, Jan 15, 2023

Baked apples offer homey goodness of fruit

Easy and warming, this treat can be tailored to taste

Sat, Jan 14, 2023

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 15

After so much rain, our gardens gets a chance to dry out

Fri, Jan 13, 2023

What happens when soil gets too much water

Saturated soil can lead to crown and root rots long after the rain has stopped

Thu, Jan 12, 2023

Take a winter’s ramble in a large garden of native plants

Free self-guided tour available Jan. 29, rain or shine

Wed, Jan 11, 2023

Find bargains on handmade pottery, ceramics

Art by Fire hosts annual Seconds Sale at Shepard Center

Tue, Jan 10, 2023

City of Trees loses nearly 1,000

Sacramento's urban forest took a big hit from storms

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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 29

Bundle up and get work done!

* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.

* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.

* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.

* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.

* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.

* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.

* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.

* Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.

* Cut back and divide chrysanthemums.

* Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs.

* Transplant pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, snapdragons and fairy primroses.

* In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.

* Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.

* In the bulb department, plant callas, anemones, ranunculus and gladiolus for bloom from late spring into summer.

* Plant blooming azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. If you’re shopping for these beautiful landscape plants, you can now find them in full flower at local nurseries.

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