Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

September, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Five Steps to Bulb Planting Success

National News

The best time to plant spring bulbs depends on where you live. Ideally, wait until the soil temperature is below 60°F. As a general guide, plant in September through early October if you live in...

Fall Cleanup Q and A

Cutting Back Perennials Question: After the first frost, should I cut back the flower stalks on my perennials? Or is it best to leave them as is and cut them back in the spring?...

Plant Protector Bags

With fall around the corner, thoughts turn to protecting prized plants from frost. Many gardeners watch the forecast for threats of frost and then run out to protect plants with blankets, buckets,...

Shrub Dogwood Trials

Shrub forms of dogwood (Cornus) make excellent landscape plants and are widely used by landscapers around the country. They are known for their green or variegated foliage, attractive flowers and...

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In the Garden


Do the Zoo!

It's all happening at the zoo ... the San Francisco Zoo that is. My last visit there was probably some time in the 1980s. On my recent trip I found it to be a very changed place. New Landscape If you haven't been to the SF Zoo lately, it's worth a...
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Shows & Events

Filoli Fall Harvest The Filoli Gardens will hold their 12th annual Autumn at Filoli festival on Saturday, October 8,...

Clever Gardening Technique

Newspaper Collar for Transplanting Cactus When transplanting prickly potted cactus plants, use a collar made of newspaper to prevent injury...
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Regional Reminders

  • Reset Automatic Irrigation Clocks
  • Remove Hiding Places for Slugs and Snails
  • Prepare Tuberous Begonias for Winter
  • Groom Daylilies
  • Plant for Permanence

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