UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County
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UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County

Sacramento County Master Gardeners

Harvest Day evaluation

If you joined us for Harvest Day 2015 and did not complete an evaluation please help us make this event even better for you by answering a few short questions.  Thank you!

Gardening with limited water

Sedum palmeri
Learn the best ways to care for your plants during this drought.   Click here for links to helpful information about using less water in your garden. 

Want to take out your turf grass? Lawn Removal Methods describes several ways to eliminate your lawn.
Sedum palmeri, a UC Davis Arboretum All-Star

This month in the vegetable garden

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If there is room in your vegetable garden, think about planting a fall and winter garden.  Beets, carrots, and other cool-season vegetables can be planted this month.  Read more about what to plant.

In the WEL this month

Aster and Black-eyed Susan
Aster and Black-eyed Susan

August is a lovely time in the water efficient landscape gardens at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center.  Read more about what's especially attractive now. 

For more summer water efficient favorites, please visit our Summer Plant List.

In the orchard



Continue to pick up any fallen fruit to minimize future pest and disease problems. Harvest Asian pears, and late peaches and nectarines. For more August orchard activities click here.

Composting reminder

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A properly maintained compost pile should never have an unpleasant odor. If yours does, read more about what to do. If you're composting with worms be sure to keep their bedding moist. Treat your worms to watermelon rinds.

Pest Alerts!


Brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) (Halyomorpha halys) have invaded several areas in Sacramento County.

Read more

The first official find of a Bagrada bug (Bagrada hilaris) in Sacramento County occurred on November 10, 2014.

Read more



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UC Cooperative Extension
Sacramento County
Master Gardeners
4145 Branch Center Road
Sacramento, CA  95827

916.876.5338 (New Number!)

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9am to 12pm, 1 to 4pm
Office is closed on Friday

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UC Gardening Blogs

  • The Hitchhiker

    Added August 4, 2015
    A lady beetle picks up a hitchhiker, an oleander aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    Oleander aphids, those cartoonish-looking yellow insects with black legs...

  • Butterfly Ballet

    Added August 3, 2015
    A Western tiger swallowtail nectarine on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    If you plant it, they will come. Western tiger swallowtails (Papilio...

  • Flies in the Summer

    Added August 3, 2015
    Adult house flies

    Summer is in full gear and along with warm weather comes the abundance of...

  • Got to Kill to Live

    Added July 31, 2015
    A camouflaged praying mantis dining on a bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    Some folks dislike photos of praying mantids snagging, killing and...

Page Last Updated: August 3, 2015

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