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


2024 Gardening Guide and Calendar

It's HERE!

Our 2024 edition is available now online (credit card), at one of our upcoming events (see the Calendar on the right) and at local retailers.

For only $12 you can have a whole year of gardening advice.  Learn more and buy.

Open Garden

Wednesday, October 11, 9 AM - Noon
Fair Oaks Horticulture Center

Wander around the demonstration gardens, ask questions and get advice on water-efficient plants, cool season vegetables and much more.

We are here for you!

Video library of gardening topics.
Publications. Enjoy!
Facebook updated every day.
YouTube Channel with all the past Virtual Harvest Days and Master Gardener videos.

Snap a pic of your problem plant or mystery bug and email it to the Help Desk: mgsacramento@ucanr.edu


September Horticulture Center Updates

In the WEL

September 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 Summer and Fall.

In the orchard

Many of the mid-season apples are ripe this month - Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith. Also harvest Asian pears and figs! See more September orchard activities.

Consider adding a fresh layer of mulch to fruit trees--it helps conserve water now and reduces weeds in winter.

The vegetable garden

Grow garlic!  Now is the time to plant for harvest in late spring next year.

Melons may be at their peak this month, but when should they be harvested? Read about how to tell when melons are ready to harvest.

The vineyard

September is the time to eat grapes and inspect plants for leaf problems.

See what to do in September in your vineyard.

Grow herbs!


Time for Thyme. Whether you want a low compact plant or groundcover for your landscape or if you are more interested in culinary arts, there is a Thyme for you.


Meet some of the bacteria at your service helping to decompose your compost pile at different times of year.

Composting with worms? Harvest castings if they are dark and look like coffee grounds.

Backyard berries

Check irrigation. Finish pruning cane berries by removing canes that fruited this year. Watch us prune Boysenberries at the Open Garden on September 8.

See more tips for September.

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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(916) 876-5338


Telephone Help Desk:
Monday through Thursday
9 AM to Noon, 1 to 4 PM
Closed Fridays

Please call for walk-in
office hours.

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

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4145 Branch Center Road, Sacramento, CA 95827       Master Gardener Phone:  916.876.5338       Fax:  916.875.6233

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