placer county master gardeners

Plant now for fall and winter greens

Even before the bushels of tomatoes, zucchini and peppers start to wane, it’s time for fall planting. It’s a natural progression for Master Gardener Laurie Meyerpeter ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Mistletoe diverts vital water from trees during drought

Question: I have mistletoe growing in my oak tree. How do I get rid of it? Answer: Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that absorbs both water and nutrients from its host plant. It is ...

Early leaf drop a symptom of drought’s impact

Question:  My neighborhood has many trees, most of which I think are native oaks. I am writing because the trees around here look brown and the ground everywhere is covered wi ...

Ask the master gardener: Ridding the home of carpet beetle infestation

Question: I’m finding small fuzzy bugs in my living room near the window. They are tiny and dark with a tan band around the middle. Each day I clean them up and the following ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Pruning tomatoes — when, why, how and varieties that need it

Question: Two experienced gardeners in my garden club prune their tomato plants. What is the benefit and how do I do it? Answer: There are many theories out there and even univer ...

Drought-friendly plants star in gone with the lawn

For about 10 years, the front yard of Pauline Sakai’s Roseville home was a vision of lush green manicured lawn. But not anymore. “Being a master gardener, I always ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Much ado about mulch

Q:  My water agency recommends applying a thick mulch around landscape plants to reduce water use. What should I use as mulch? A:  Mulch is any material that you put ...

Demonstration garden is idea showcase for home growing

A gardening primer has taken root in North Auburn. The Placer County Master Gardeners’ Demonstration Garden, located next to the University of California Cooperative Exten ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Why do my roses have circular cuts on the leaves?

Question: My roses are beautiful this spring. The only concern I have are circular cuts near the edge of many leaves. What could this BE? BEE!  You have the answer: leafc ...

Mother’s Day tour is garden inspiration — times eight

Woodland vista, meandering creek, whimsy in flower and vineyard oasis will be among the sights on view at the Placer County Master Gardeners’ Mother’s Day Garden Tour ...