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Colorful Camellias

  When selecting blooming shrubs for your garden, don’t overlook the camellia, an evergreen with flowers that appear from winter to spring. There are two species that are generally available: Camelliea japonica and Camellia sasanqua. Both species are highly ornamental...

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Mason bee on a flower

Mason Bees are Super Pollinators

Keep flowers blooming and food growing with increased pollination by mason bees. Growing your own fruit and vegetables at home is so rewarding and fun, but sometimes nature could use a hand to get the job done. Many home gardeners are...

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Citrus in Sacramento

Citrus: Winter Sunshine for Sacramento

Winter’s here, which means saying goodbye to the sunshine for a while, but that’s no reason to feel sad! Citrus is in its prime now, and anyone who has grown their own citrus can tell you that first, sweet, tart...

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Frost on plants

Cold-Sensitive Plants? Use Frost Cloth This Winter

Properly applied frost cloth can protect your frost sensitive plants from the cold even when the temps dip into the 20’s!  Plants that Need Protection: Avocados Citrus Ferns Tropical Plants Cactus and Succulents   Not All Coverings Are Created Equal...

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Dead Lawn

Distressed Lawn: Revitalize or Replace?

  Fall is here, and it’s finally cooling down enough to work in the yard again. Now is the ideal time to spruce up a lawn that’s been damaged by the heat of the summer. We have a few strategies...

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Bearded Iris Flowers

Pass the Rhizomes Please…It’s Fun to Share Bearded Iris

Sharing divided Bearded Iris with family and friends is a tradition among gardeners all over the country. One customer comes to mind, who nurtures her Bearded Iris from her great grandmother, that grandma planted before our customer was born—a special garden treasure. Why...

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Beat Mosquitoes with Prevention and Deterrents

  If you’ve stepped outside in the last week or so, you know mosquitoes are out in full force. This year will be worse than last when it comes mosquitoes interrupting our outside activities.  Mosquito prevention is key. And, more importantly, with...

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Monarch butterfly in a pollinator garden

How to Create a Pollinator Paradise

Why not invite those insects or animals that move pollen—from one flower to the next—to your garden? Bats, bees, butterflies, small mammals, moths, birds, flies, and beetles all pollinate. Flowers are designed to attract pollinators with their bright colors and enticing...

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