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


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Cold weather will damage some plants. Be prepared to protect sensitive plants.

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March Horticulture Center Updates

In the WEL

March 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 Winter and Spring.

In the orchard

They are blooming!  Some fruit trees like this apricot bloom as early as February.  If bloom days are dry (pollinators don’t like rain) and warm, summer fruit is on the way!  See what to do in the orchard for March.

The vegetable garden

It’s time to plant seeds for tomatoes, if you haven already. Don’t be tempted to buy tomato plants now at the garden store unless you have a warm place to keep them until April!

See what to do in the vegetable garden in March.


For many gardeners, turning the pile can be the most grueling part of composting. Get the right tools to make the best use of your efforts.

Backyard berries

Want a better blueberry crop?  Watch our video explaining how to test and amend soil pH.

Test pH for Blueberries and fertilize all cane berries this month. Test your irrigation system.

See more tips for March.

The vineyard

If you did not prune in late February, prune in March before the new shoots reach two inches long.

Plan your mildew spray program.

Grow herbs!

Want to grow your own cup of calming, herbal tea?  Now is a good time to plant seeds for Chamomile (Matricaria recutita).  Learn more about Chamomile.

Pest Alerts!

Japanese beetle

This highly destructive insect has been confirmed in Sacramento County areas of Arden-Arcade and Rancho Cordova.

Report suspected finds to the Sacramento County Agricultural Commissioner office or call the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Pest Hotline at 1 (800) 491-1899.

Read more on the Japanese beetle from UC IPM.

March, 2022

Asian citrus psyllid

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

Brown marmorated stink bug

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


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4145 Branch Center Road
Sacramento, CA  95827

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11549 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628

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