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Dig up the Details- One of the Best Sacramento Dog Friendly Events


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We love giving back to our customers.  If you meander our store starting August 1, you'll notice a special event for our 4-legged friends 

We celebrate man's best friend by throwing a party for dogs called the Dog Days of Summer which has quickly become one of our favorite annual events.  If you have never experienced Dog Days, we invite you to grab your canine and come out August 1-7 to any Green Acres.  

During this event, we offer you a discount if you shop with your dog!  Beyond the discount, our goal is to help raise awareness and money for local dog rescues and non-profits.  Therefore, we invite non-profits to setup booths throughout the weekend to get the word out about their cause.  

NEW in 2014!  This year, 3 lucky dog rescues or non-profits will win $500 donations on behalf of Green Acres.  Come in and vote for your favorite non-profit all weekend. 


Dog Days of Summer is a chance for you to let us pamper your dog



 My dog LOVES going to Green Acres! So many smells!"–Sacramento Store Customer

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All Week Long:

Stop by any of our locations with your pup and receive a discount of 10% off trees & shrubs and 5% off annuals, perennials, dry goods & fruit trees!  Plus 5% off Grills sold exclusively at our Folsom location.  

During the Weekend:

  • Learn about pet safe plants & products
  • Meet local animal rescues & organizations
  • Pamper your pup in our doggy VIP lounge and let them escape the summer heat in one of our splash stations!
  • Customers can enjoy complimentary cool refreshments
  • Pick up a Green Acres bandana and doggy swag bag for your dog!

Thursday Only:
The fun continues on Thursday, August 7 for our Day of Give-Aways.  Stop by any Green Acres location all day and enter to win pet-safe plant & product give-aways.  The grand prize being a $200 Green Acres Gift Card!

Join us from August 1-7 for exciting happenings at all locations during Dog Days of Summer.  We hope to see you there!


Keep checking our event calendar for exciting upcoming fun at Green Acres!
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Wordless Wednesday - Simple Pleasures



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Tillandsia: Easy, Impressive and Versatile


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Tillandsia (air plants) are rising stars as house plants.


Air plants are unusual members of the Bromeliad family that do not require soil to grow. They have few roots, and instead rely on their leaves to uptake water and nutrients. They make unique looking and easy-to-grow house plants, which thrive in bright, indirect light. Native to South and Central America and parts of the Southern United States, Tillandsia are surprisingly simple to care for and very fun to arrange.

Be Creative

The decorative possibilities are endless! Air plants are easily slipped into the nooks and crannies of shells, driftwood, knicknacks or nearly anything you can imagine. They can also be glued into their mount, but it does make them slightly more difficult to water.

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Try These Cool Display Ideas

  • Set Tillandsia on gnarled pieces of wood to mimic their natural habitat

  • Place Tillandsia in shells or containers with sand for a beachy look

  • Suspend Tillandsia in glass globes with fishing line for a dreamy, ethereal feel

  • Use found objects such as pottery and knicknacks for a fun eclectic display

Plant Care Couldn't Be Easier!


A Dash of Sunlight

Air plants do best in bright, indirect light such as near an east or north facing window.  If placing your Tillandsia outdoors, be sure to situate them in shade or dappled sunlight. They do not tolerate extreme cold or frost, so be sure to bring any outdoor Tillandsia inside for the winter.


A Splash of Water

Thoroughly soak indoor plants 2-3 times a week, and outdoor plants 3-4 times a week in the warmer months. Watering can be reduced to as little as once a week in the winter, depending on the temperature and lighting. Be sure to shake off excess water before setting air plants back in their mount, avoid letting them sit in water for long periods of time.

Thin-leaved varieties will benefit from occasional misting in between waterings, especially if they are placed outdoors. Leaves curling inward is a sign of insufficient water, and leaves turning black is a sign of overwatering. 

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A Little Pinching

Feel free to trim away any dried-up leaves at the base of your Tillandsia if it begins to look unkempt. Keep in mind that many Tillandsia species are monocarpic, meaning they complete their life cycle after flowering and reproduce by tiny offsets surrounding the mother plant. Try to avoid severing these pups while grooming your tillandsia.


A Dose of Vitiamins
Like all plants, Tillandsia will grow more quickly when fertilized. Feed them with water-soluble orchid or bromeliad fertilizers, according to the package directions, on a regular basis during the growing season.

Dog Safe Plants for Sacramento Summers


dog friendlyAt Green Acres Nursery & Supply, we love man's best friend!  

Most dogs enjoy meandering through the aisles to soak up the various sights, sounds, and delicious smells in our nurseries.  They also appreciate getting special treatment by being offered dog treats, and extra pats from our staff.  

Gardeners with dogs are frequently asking our gurus about dog safe planting ideas.  There are a plethora of dog safe plants that are perfect for Sacramento gardeners.  Read on to learn more!

Green Acres' Top 10 Dog Safe Plants

  • Light Requirements- Full Sun 

  • Season- Summer

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  1. Coreopsis

  2. Canna Lily

  3. Catmint

  4. Supertunia

  5. Crape Myrtle

  6. Daylily

  7. Aptenia

  8. Celosia

  9. Alyssum

  10. Lemon Bottlebrush 

Dog Friendly Container Recipe

Thriller: Coreopsis 'Little Bang' Daybreak

Fillers: Supertunia 'Priscilla', Celosia 'Kimono Mix', Alyssum 'Clear Crystal Rose'

Spiller: Aptenia variegated

Planting Tips: 
-Use an organic fertilizer in your container.

-Completely mix it into the soil rather than sprinkling it on top.  Pets can be attracted to the blood and bone meal in the fertilizer. 

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Photo of completed container.  Green Acres Nursery & Supply carries all plants pictured.  See stores for current inventory. 

Shopping List:


1.  THRILLER: Coreopsis 'Little Bang' Daybreak

Pet friendly plants

2. FILLER #1: Supertunia 'Priscilla' 

A nice snapshot (below) of the Supertunia 'Priscilla'  Photo credit: Proven Winners.   

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3.  FILLER #2: Celosia 'Kimono' Mix

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4.  FILLER #3: Alyssum 'Clear Crystal Rose'

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 5.  SPILLER: Aptenia variegated

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If you have a dog be sure to attend our Dog Days of Summer event from August 1-August 7th.  When you shop with your dog get an additional discount- up to 10% off your purchase.*

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Although, all of these plants have been reported to be non-toxic to dogs by the ASPCA, all animals are different.  We strongly discourage you to allow your pet to eat any plant regardless of its toxicity level.  Even the most unlikely of plants can cause some discomfort your pet if ingested.
*See stores for discount details. 

Sure-Fire Ways to Attack Summer Garden Pests


With summer heat, comes fungus and pests. As long as you know what to look for, you can stop them in their tracks!

Water Stress - an Open Invitation to Pests and Disease

wilted flowerWhile there are many ways a plant can develop stress, water stress is one that comes on strong during drought. Minimal water can limit a plant's ability to photosynthesize, preventing strong growth and development.

And, while your intentions may be good, some watering practices during the heat lend themselves to mold and mildew generation.

Following our Watering 101 Guide will help you to determine the best methods to create a water-wise system for your plants. Consider plant type, soil type, plant size and location, and the season. 

Selecting plants that are ripe for your location, and water availability, is a critical step to growing a healthy garden. Talk with one of our garden gurus to ensure you have the right plants and the best irrigation for a water-wise set-up.

Fungus Frenzy

Fungus can come on quickly if the conditions are right. powdery mildew on strawberrySpores multiply and spread as temperatures turn from cool to warm and wet. Identifying and treating infestation is key to the survival of your plants.

Powdery Mildew is a fungus with which most of us are familiar.The white, powdery blotches damage the leaves, leaving the plant unable to produce growth, blooms and fruit with much vigor.Powdery Mildew fungi are host-specific; that means the Powdery Mildew on your roses will not move to your grapes. 

Grey Mold is a grey mold on strawberryfungus that primarily arrects wounded plants. Too much moisture is one of the main causes of Grey Mold.a fungus that primarily affects wounded plants. The moldy spots can appear on the leaves, stems and buds.

3 Conditions Every Fungus Loves:

  • High humidity during twilight hours
  • Temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees
  • Poor air circulation

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  •  Water early morning
  •  Avoid overhead watering
  •  Space plants apart for good 
     air circulation
  •  Clear away leaf litter
  •  Check plants regularly for signs
     of infection
  •  Spray with preventative sprays


Foraging Critters

While so many insects are barely visible to the naked eye, the damage they do is oh so obvious. Aphids, spider mites, and thrips all feed on plants by puncturing the surface and sucking the sap. Plant growth is stunted as a result, and fruits and flowers are less abundant.

  • Aphids are particularly fond of new growth. They multiply quickly but the damage the do is slow-moving which makes them
    easy to control.
  • Spider Mites are evident when the leaves show yellowing in very
    small dots. Extreme infestation will be obvious with webs cast around the damaged parts of the plant.
  • Thrips (photo right) in the Sacramento area love a tasty Rose bud. They enjoy the petals before the bloom opens. Although, they will dine on vegetables and herbaceous plants as well.

How about the more visible critters? Grasshoppers, caterpillars and hornworms work diligently to chew through quickly.

  • Grasshoppers ravenously chew on trees, shrubs and just abouttomato hornworm1 
    everything growing. Two things they do not like are tomatoes
    and carrots.
  • Caterpillars enjoy a diverse diet of plants, fruit and nectar.
  • Hornworms love tomatoes, peppers and potatoes. They typically eat the top of the plant at night and the underside during the day.

So Chew on This...

There are simple, safe nursery products for controlling diseases and insects quickly. Check out four tried and true products from Bonide®: 

  1. Captain Jack's DeadBug Brew
    Stops foraging immediately; kills in one to two days; doesn't harm most beneficial insects and is for organic gardening. Perfect for fruit, veggies and herbs.
  2. Eight
    One of few pesticides to control grasshoppers; kills and repels for up to 30 days; use most anywhere for any bug - even on       your edibles.
  3. Bon-Neem
    Insecticide, miticide and fungicide; kills on contact; use on edibles, roses, flowers, houseplants and more.
  4. Liquid Copper Fungicide
    For organic gardening; prevents Powdery Mildew, Grey Mold and more; can be used on a wide variety of plants.

                                             Watering 101 Guide

Wordless Wednesday- Waterwise & Organic



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WPA Rock Garden is a Local Waterwise Landmark


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WPA (Work Progress Administration) Rock Garden began as a depression era project, completed in 1940 and is still thriving today over 70 years later. 

The WPA Rock Garden is located approximately 200 yards west of the Sacramento Zoo in William Land Park.  It is truly a gem!  Not to mention a wonderful destination for any Sacramento garden enthusiast, especially those interested in waterwise plants.

The one acre garden is comprised of 37 beds containing trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants that perform well in the Sacramento Mediterranean climate.  To fully appreciate the garden, it is recommended that one visits frequently as different plants bloom throughout the year.  Best blooming time is from late January thru May.  The WPA Rock Garden is full of water-wise plants that flourish with little summer watering.  The garden has always been a role model of water efficiency.

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The lady behind the magic…

Daisy Mah (pictured left*) – nurtured the garden from May 1986 until October 2013.  Many people call it Daisy’s garden since she planted most of the plants that made it the botanical wonder that it is today.  Daisy started many of the plants from seeds that she cultivated in her own backyard.  When Daisy took over the garden in 1986 it was in severe disrepair. 

The WPA Rock Garden was overrun by invasive groundcovers like Algerian Ivy, Vinca Major and Hypericum.  It was quite an ordeal getting the garden in shape and removing all the invasive groundcovers and weeds.  Daisy consulted various seed catalogues, local nurseries, as well as nurseries from around the world looking for interesting specimens.  The garden now is chock full of interesting and rare plants. One example is a massive Bunya Bunya Tree (Araucaria) that Daisy planted from a seed cone given to her by a friend.  One of Daisy’s prized possessions is a Cashmere Cypress that she also grew from seed.  This Cypress is stately and looks like a weeping Italian Cypress.  This tree is so rare in fact, that it would be difficult to find another one of these particular Cypress even throughout the entire U.S.

Daisy retired in October 2013.  Duane Goosen, a well-known Sacramento City Arborist, took over the garden maintenance when Daisy retired.  The garden continues to flourish with Duane’s expertise in pruning and horticulture.  Daisy visits the garden regularly and offers Duane guidance as he familiarizes himself with his daily chores of maintenance.  Daisy plans to return part time to the gardens.  We are certain that both the garden and Daisy will continue to shine on.

The WPA Rock Garden is a living piece of history free to the public and open every day.  Be sure and bring your camera and imagination along to capture the unique beauty of the WPA garden!

Enjoy these goregous photos from the garden earlier this spring.

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Read more about Water-Wise Landscaping options for your yard

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*Photo of Daisy Mah credited to Inside Publications 

Wordless Wednesday- Fun Plants of the Season

Enjoy these images of beautiful plants in season now...



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Real Answers to Your Irrigation & Irrigation Supply Questions


Let's face it, irrigation can be confusing.  Add these hot summer days, and it being a low-water year and you want to make sure you are doing it right and not wasting water. Here are the latest questions we've gotten about irrigation supply products from our customers.


1.  "How much water do I put on my plants?"

This is probably the most common question we get this time of year.  Because of the many types of plants and different watering needs, the answer to the question depends.  

Some things to consider when determining a watering schedule for your plants:

  • What type of plant?  Is it a succulent?  Tropical?
  • How large is the plant? Did it come in a 3-5 gallon-sized pot?  
  • Is it newly planted, or is it established?

As a rule of thumb, if you have a 3-5 gallon newly planted shrub you will require 3-5 gallons of water per week.  If you have a one gallon plant, you need one gallon once per week and so on.  (Note, this is total gallons needed per week- it can be given at two separate waterings but it is the net total amount).

Watering Considerations:
If you have a low water plant, then the water requirements will be less once your plant is established.  If you are dealing with a tropicals you will likely need more water.  The watering amount is influenced by how established your plant is.  Did you plant it within the last two years?  Then it is still fairly new and will need more frequent water.  If it has been around three years or more, and is healthy, it will need less.  It's also important to think about soil type...but that would take a complete blog article to explain about soil type and textures.  Read our Watering 101 Guide for more information.


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About Drip...
If drip irrigation is your route make sure to have the correct emitters.  The emitters are the tiny spouts on the end of the spaghetti tubes that release the water to the plant.  If you have the textbook plant as mentioned above, for example, then  you could simply use a three, four or five gallon per hour (GPH) emitter one time per week, for one hour, and done!  A common mistake homeowners make is getting too low of flow on an emitter and running it for too short of time.  If you have a three- gallon shrub, and run your 1 GPH emitter for five minutes, one time a week, it is not enough water.  To equal three gallons a week, you'd have to run that 1 GPH emitter for one hour, three times per week.  If all this talk of GPH is confusing, we can help- just stop by one of our stores today.

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2. "What's the best way to water while I'm gone on vacation this summer?  Is there an inexpensive, easy to use product?"

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The answer is a resounding yes!  There are lots of nifty hose-end timer solutions at reasonable prices that allow you to water your plants automatically even when you are away on vacation.  No more coming home from vacation to a bed full of dead plants.  Basically, all you need is a hose bib and you can setup a simple automatic irrigation system for around $30.  One of our popular models of hose-end timers is by DIG Corp.  DIG's hose end timers offer the most convenient way to automate your drip irrigation or sprinkler system. DIG's battery timers offer programming flexibility for a wide range of uses. They operate using a single 9-volt battery with a life up to one year and require no wiring
or digging.

DIG Hose-End Timer Product Features:

1. Flexible programming options. 
2. Despite all the options it is simple to use.
3. It works on one 9-volt battery, and one can use rechargeable 9-volt batteries.
5. The timer is well built and long lasting.
6. A wide flow range typically from .1 to 6.3 gallons per minute.  
7. These timers can be used in a wide range of applications, including drip irrigation or micro sprinkler systems connected to a garden hose or faucet/spigot. 

3.  "How do I know when I need to water my lawn?"  

Most lawns need to be watered when the top two inches of soil is dry.  You can use a simple soil probe to take a sample of the soil to see how far water drained, and if the top two inches are dry. (see photo).

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4.  "What time of day is best to water my lawn and how frequently?"

We recommend watering early in the morning when evaporation and wind are minimal.  Avoid watering at night because it can lead to lawn diseases.  Deep, and infrequent waterings are preferred to watering everyday.  This rule applies to most plants.  


5.  "How should I prioritize my watering during this drought?"

Think of preserving the foundation plants in your yard.  What is a foundation plant?  Another way to describe a foundation plant is that they are the bones, or structure of the landscape design.  This would consist of trees and shrubs that are established in your yard and help frame your home.  These are important plants that add value to your home and take many years to establish and grow to maturity.  Please don't ignore these plants during this low-water year! Consider putting these plants on a drip system so you can save water and keep them well watered even when you are on vacation.   


6.  "Does Green Acres provide irrigation education?"  

As a matter of fact, we do.  It's always free and it's this Saturday, June 21 from 9am-10am at all Green Acres locations.  Come on by for some free coffee and irrigation help. 


Want more information on watering?

 Download our free Watering 101 Guide 



How to Make your Summer Patio look Amazing


Sprucing up your summer patio is easy to do.  Follow our 4 tips to create your patio retreat.

summer patio1. ADD A TROPICAL LOOK

  • Adding tropical plants creates a lush environment in no time!  Try Bougainvillea or Mandevilla if you are looking for vining color to climb a trellis or arbor.  
  • Hibiscus & Canna (pictured) both add bold color with large full flowers.  Cannas are cold hardy and will return as perennials year after year.  
  • If foliage is more of your thing, plant Palms or Bananas.  Pygmy palms are graceful and easy to care for, making them an excellent choice for containers.
  • One of our favorite items for the warm season in Sacramento is an annual called Coleus.  This plant is an annual with a tropical look. It's prized for its lush, vibrant foliage.



There's no easier way to add color to your patio than by choosing pottery or fountains to compliment your style.
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  • When finding pottery for your patio, choose either a few large pots or several small containers.  Always display pottery in odd number groupings.
  • Bring nature closer! A small bubbler or fountain attracts wildlife and makes your outdoor retreat even more enjoyable.  Installing a self- contained fountain with an easy-to-install pump can be just what you need to complete a soothing retreat-like ambiance. 
  • Going for a Mediterranean look?  Choose pottery with a golden mustard hue and plant bright red flowers for complimenting shades.
  • Bright blue pottery will give you a classic, fresh feeling all year.
  • If your decorating style is inspired by nature, try a neutral rust or green color.



Just because you have shade does not mean you can't have patio planters bursting with blooms.  Many plants thrive in shade during summer.

Begonias- Blooming in light & dark pinks and white.  With many sizes and varieties to choose from, Begonias are fool-proof stars for shade.

Gardenias- These evergreen beauties with bright white flowers are both fragrant and beautiful. Thriving in morning sun and afternoon shade, Gardenias grow to nicely rounded shrubs with glossy green leaves. Plant near a window to enjoy their fragrance inside and out from mid-spring to late summer.

Lamium- This elegant, silvery foliaged plant works well as a low ground cover or as a lovely spiller in containers.  Pink or white blooms appear throughout summer.

Ferns- There is a fern for any taste or style. Large or small, ferns add beautiful texture with unique hues of green, red, and silver to any shady garden. 

Fuchsia- Bearing unscented flowers frequented by hummingbirds! (pictured) Fuchsias are traditionally known for the graceful hanging varieties which thrive in morning sun and afternoon shade. More recently, upright varieties have taken the spotlight with their smaller, orange and red flowers. Either variety makes the perfect companion plant for containers.


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We spend the time to decorate our indoor spaces, why not do the same for our outdoor room?   

If you don't already have comfy patio furniture, spring and summer is the time to find your dream set.  We offer beautiful in- stock and custom order furniture.  If you already have your furniture setup, consider a colorful rug to break up the space.  Or add privacy to your space by having wall art or a nature inspired living wall.  Think about what hours of the day you will use this space.  If it will be during evenings, install hanging pendant lights or market lights to create atmosphere.

For something a little more out of the ordinary, use colorful garden art.  Try vintage finds or rock art, an up-cycled wagon wheel, metal animals, windchimes, ceramics like these cute Shroomyz (pictured), or even a garden gnome.  The options are truly endless, but whatever you do, make it your own!


For more ideas Visit our Pinterest Outdoor Room Board!

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