UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County
University of California
UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County

Sacramento County Master Gardeners

2017 Gardening Guide and Calendar


The 2017 Gardening Guide and Calendar is here!

It makes a great gift, especially with our new, lower price--$10 each!

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Garden Enrichment Opportunities!

There are several ways for you to help us financially while helping yourself at the same time. Besides a tax deductible donation, you can shop and attend occasional paid classes.


In the orchard

Citrus in container

Prune apricots and cherries by the end of the month so cuts heal before wet weather begins.

Check citrus in containers to be sure roots have not blocked drain holes.

See more August orchard activities.


In the WEL this month

Aster and Black-eyed Susan

August is a lovely time in the water-efficient landscape gardens at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center. 

For more favorites, please visit our Summer plant list.



This month in the vegetable garden

Florence fennel

Grow Florence fennel. It is a little unusual but very easy to grow.

Do you have room in your garden for fall/winter vegetables? Download our Vegetable Planting Schedule (PDF) to see what to plant now.


About composting

Compost thermometer

It’s hot out there, time to monitor the compost pile for moisture and excess heat. 

Put only disease- and pest-free fruit and vegetable garden waste in the compost pile.




Gardening with limited water

WEL April Peruvian-Scilla
Use less water in your garden, and learn the best ways to care for your plants during drought.   

Want to take out your turf grass? See Lawn Removal Methods.

Scilla peruviana


Pest Alerts!


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


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


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


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

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Page Last Updated: August 18, 2016

4145 Branch Center Road, Sacramento, CA 95827       Master Gardener Phone:  916.876.5338             Fax:  916.875.6233

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