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Choosing Christmas plants that will survive outdoors in foothill winters
Thursday Dec 18 2014
Question: Some of my friends are gardeners and I want to give them live holiday plants for Christmas. Can you tell me which traditional Christmas plants can be later planted outsid ...
You can have olive trees without the fruit
Thursday Dec 04 2014
Question: My family enjoys our olive trees for the graceful beauty they bring to our property (curb appeal) but the olives are a nuisance. How can I stop the trees from bearing fru ...
Want cleaner air? Get some houseplants
Thursday Nov 20 2014
Question: I am concerned about the air quality within our home, especially in the winter when windows are not left open. A friend advises that houseplants could help purify the ind ...
Know how to recognize black widow spiders
Thursday Oct 16 2014
Question: How do I know if I have black widow spiders in my garden? Answer: The western black widow spider (Latrodectus hesperus) — a native species — is quite common ...
Managing ants key to controlling aphids in crape myrtles
Thursday Oct 09 2014
Question: What is the best way to get rid of aphids in 30-foot crape myrtles? I tried using a power washer to hit the upper branches and knock them off the leaves — but that ...
Master Gardeners' calendar discusses ways to garden in the drought
Thursday Oct 09 2014
The Placer County Master Gardeners’ calendar for 2015 is putting California’s drought front and center. Under the theme “California Dreaming … Beau ...
Plant now for fall and winter greens
Thursday Sep 11 2014
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
Thursday Aug 28 2014
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
Thursday Aug 14 2014
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
Thursday Jul 31 2014
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 ...
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