Amanda Williams

Grow For It! Summer Tree Care

This summer you may have chosen to water your lawn areas less or not at all — but don’t forget your trees need water, too. Trees often get their water along with the lawn. Trees and shrubs need years to mature and are costly to replace, making them the right choice to irrigate when water is […]

Grow For It! Citrus Basics

Citrus plants are evergreen trees and shrubs that offer attractive form and glossy deep green foliage year round; they flower with a wonderful fragrance and produce delicious fruit. Citrus require full sun and require protection from frost. They are not cold hardy and need special care during the winter months. Some varieties are much more […]

Grow For It! Fall and winter vegetables: It’s all about timing

The most important factor to take into account when planning a fall and winter garden is timing. An efficient resource to determine the preferred planting dates for cool season vegetables is the El Dorado County Master Gardener’s “Foothill Vegetable Planting Guide.” This guide will be available for purchase at the upcoming public class on fall […]

Grow For It! Living Christmas trees

Living Christmas trees are festive and beautiful for the holiday season, as well as a new addition to the landscape after the holidays. Make certain the tree will fit into your landscape and that the type of tree you are considering will ultimately thrive in your local environment. Most evergreen trees grow to be quite […]

Grow for it: Gardening for wildlife habitat

Birds and butterflies will flock to your garden if you offer them cover, water and food. Backyard habitats are increasingly important as wild creatures lose more of their native habitats to development. Birds and butterflies like environments featuring many tiers of dense arrangements of deciduous and evergreen trees; understory fruiting vines and shrubs; and ground-level […]

Grow For It! Winter garden chores

Winter garden chores are important for laying the groundwork of a successful spring growing season. It’s time to pull spent garden annuals and vegetables and add them to the compost pile. Winter is the time to rake the remaining leaves and clean up plant debris. Another chore is to groom herbaceous perennials that are no […]

Grow For It! Succulent basics

Succulents are the ultimate low maintenance plants and ideal for pots and containers. The collective name for this varied plant group gives the clue to their drought tolerant characteristic: fleshy leaves that hold their own water reservoir. There are an incredible variety of succulents with very strongly defined shapes, textures and colors that offer numerous […]

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