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

Sacramento County Master Gardeners

Take a Shower, Save a Tree workshop

Saturday, August 29,  10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Home Depot
9150 West Stockton Boulevard, Elk Grove

Join the UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County, the Sacramento Tree Foundation and the Sacramento County Water Agency for a “Take a Shower, Save a Tree” landscape workshop.  See more information.

Fair Oaks Horticulture Center Open Garden

Fair Oaks Horticulture Center
11549 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Fair Oaks, CA
Saturday, September 19, 2015     9 am to noon

Open Gardens are your opportunity to roam the gardens and talk with us about what we are growing and doing at this time of year.  Ask questions and get advice.  Watch composting and worm composting demonstrations.  Read more hereBuy bulbs for fall planting and pick up your copy of the 2016 Gardening Guide and Calendar.

2016 Gardening Guide and Calendar

2016 GG&C cover

Order your 2016 Gardening Guide and Calendar, Living in Our Golden State...Come Rain or Come Shine, online now. See more about this Gardening Guide and how to order it.  Remember, it makes a great gift!

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

In the WEL this month

Aster 'Purple Dome'
Aster 'Purple Dome'

September 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 and fall water efficient favorites, please visit our plant lists for Summer and Fall.

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 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


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Office is closed on Friday

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Page Last Updated: September 2, 2015

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