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Fri, Dec 02, 2022

It's leaf season -- here come The Claws!

Street pile pick-up through Jan. 23 in Sacramento

Thu, Dec 01, 2022

Holiday event Saturday at Folsom’s historic Murer House

Stroll the grounds and residence during the December open house

Wed, Nov 30, 2022

Rain on the way after another dry month

Sacramento's overdue for a good soaking

Tue, Nov 29, 2022

Santa alert! The Plant Foundry hosts holiday open house

Dog adoptions, music and more at special event in Oak Park

Mon, Nov 28, 2022

Sacred Heart holiday home tour returns to Fabulous Forties

East Sacramento tradition features five designer-decorated homes

Fri, Nov 25, 2022

The Secret Garden celebrates Small Business Saturday

Elk Grove garden store hosts family fun along with sale

Thu, Nov 24, 2022

Shopping Saturday? Add this native plant sale to your stops

Celebrate, learn about and purchase California natives

Wed, Nov 23, 2022

Take a tour of UC Davis trees

Just in time for fall color, a new self-guided tour teaches about varieties on campus

Tue, Nov 22, 2022

Talk turkey and explore nature at Effie Yeaw

Fun outdoor events at the Carmichael nature center this weekend

Mon, Nov 21, 2022

The Growing Groves becomes a TikTok star

Indoor plant store in Davis draws shoppers via social media

Fri, Nov 18, 2022

Green Acres officially opens new Roseville nursery

New location replaces locally owned business's first store

Thu, Nov 17, 2022

How cold is too cold for my citrus tree?

Frosty weather can endanger trees and fruit

Thu, Nov 17, 2022

How cold is too cold for my citrus tree?

Frosty weather can endanger trees and fruit

Wed, Nov 16, 2022

Celebrate citrus at Mountain Mandarin Festival

Enjoy live music and plenty of mandarin-flavored foods

Tue, Nov 15, 2022

50th annual Harvest Festival returns to Cal Expo

Find handmade arts and crafts (and food) in time for holiday shopping

Mon, Nov 14, 2022

75th annual Sacramento Mum Show this weekend

See mums of all types and learn how to grow them, too

Wed, Nov 09, 2022

Exotic Plants hosts a Harvest Festival

Find gift ideas, food and plants galore

Tue, Nov 08, 2022

'Art to Wear & More' showcases local textile artists

Sacramento-area textile artists model their one-of-a-kind creations, then hold big sale.

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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Nov. 27

Before the rain comes later in the week, take advantage of sunny, calm days:

* This may be your last chance this season for the first application of copper fungicide spray to peach and nectarine trees. Leaf curl, which shows up in the spring, is caused by a fungus that winters as spores on the limbs and around the tree in fallen leaves. Sprays are most effective now, but they need a few days of dry weather after application to really “stick.” If you haven’t yet, spray now.

* Rake and compost leaves, but dispose of any diseased plant material. For example, if peach and nectarine trees showed signs of leaf curl this year, clean up under trees and dispose of those leaves instead of composting.

* Make sure storm drains are clear of any debris.

* Give your azaleas, gardenias and camellias a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim chrysanthemums to 6 to 8 inches above the ground after they’re done blooming. Keep potted mums in their containers until next spring. Then, they can be planted in the ground, if desired, or repotted.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while dormant.

* Plant bulbs for spring bloom. Don’t forget the tulips chilling in the refrigerator. Other suggestions: daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas.

* Seed wildflowers including California poppies.

* Also from seed, plant sweet pea, sweet alyssum, bachelor buttons and other spring flowers.

* Plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from winter rains.

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

* Lettuce, cabbage, broccoli and cool-season greens can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* If you decide to use a living Christmas tree this year, keep it outside in a sunny location until Christmas week. This reduces stress on the young tree.

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