UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County
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UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County


Sacramento County Pest Quarantine

The Asian citrus psyllid has been found in Sacramento County. The tiny insect damages citrus fruit but of more importance, it can transmit the deadly citrus disease Huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening.  For more:

2019 Saving the Harvest Calendar

The busy gardening and preserving season is approaching.  Get tips for the best harvest ever from our 2019 Calendar

Master Gardeners give you advice about growing it and the Master Food Preservers help you preserve it.

Still only $10!


April Horticulture Center Updates


In the WEL

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

For more favorites, please visit our plant list for Spring.

The vegetable garden

Cloche to protect tender plants from cool temps

Plant tomatoes when the soil temperature is around 65°F (usually late April or early May in the Sacramento area).

See the results of our past straw bale gardening. Maybe you’ll try one!

In the orchard

Harvest spring-ripening citrus like this ‘Gold Nugget’ mandarin.

Are you ready to do battle with coddling moth in apples and pears this year? Now is the time to remove infested fruit. See April in the Orchard for more tips.


Learn how to compost with worms! If you already have a worm bin, the warmer weather means they will be more active and need more to eat.

Want to see a worm composting demonstration? Consider our free workshops.

Backyard berries

Berries are blooming. Mulch protects shallow berry roots. Manage pests--thrips on Blueberries.  See more tips for April

Grow herbs!

Salad Burnet
Want an herb to use even in the cold of winter? Consider adding Salad Burnet to your herb garden. This evergreen perennial tastes like cucumber and makes an attractive plant all year around with lovely blooms in late spring.

Continuing News

Pest Alerts!

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


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The Office
4145 Branch Center Road
Sacramento, CA  95827

(916) 876-5338


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9 AM to Noon, 1 to 4 PM
Office closed Fridays

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Fair Oaks Horticulture Center
11549 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628


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