Garden Décor DIY-Inspiration Meets Experience

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Mar 19, 2016 5:00:06 PM

Social media is an unlimited source of inspiration. It's easy to spend hours on websites such as Pinterest, browsing jaw-droppingly beautiful garden projects which you're just dying to try at home. However, it can be hard to know where to start to get your projects looking as lovely as they do on your screen. 

We're here to help with some simple DIY décor ideas to catch the latest online trends and keep your patio Pinterest-perfect. 

Tantalizing Terrariums

DSC04011-461196-edited.jpgTerrariums are miniature gardens enclosed in glass, and they make beautiful centerpieces for an event or just on display in your home. A few pointers for pulling this project off:

  • Because terrariums are enclosed and lack drainage, watering can be tricky. Try wrapping the root ball of the succulent in coco coir or moss when you "plant" it, then removing it from the container when you water. 
  • Morning sun or indirect light is best, the enclosed space can magnify heat.
  • Layer your sand, rocks, or mulch in the container, and don't forget charcoal, which will absorb any odor caused by excess moisture. 
Choose a theme and let your imagination run wild- any combination of ingredients can be paired to emulate a landscape in miniature. Try sand, glass and shells for a beachy feel. Mulch paired with moss, then accented with tchotchkes can create a whimsical woodsy look. 

The Art of Kokedama

DSC03930-533748-edited-799791-edited.jpgKokedama is a Japanese term which means "moss ball" and its a fast-growing trend in the world of miniature gardening. Basically, it's something which has been "planted" in a ball of moss, which is then wrapped in bonsai mix, layered with more moss, and bound with twine.

Kokedama is a form of bonsai in which you are stunting the plants growth, but creating a beautiful and peculiar work of art which can be suspended to hang or displayed on a pedestal.

Things to consider:

  • Small plants which grow slowly are good choices for kokedama planters, bonsai starters have a wide selection
  • Kokedama have limited root space to sustain them, so avoid situating in harsh conditions such as full sun or reflected heat.
  • Watering will depend on sun exposure, wind and the type of plant. Generally, an indoor fern, such as the one pictured, will need to have its moss ball soaked once per week. If outdoors, mist between waterings. 

 

Up-cycled Container Chic

DSC03941-732504-edited-771301-edited.jpgSurely you've seen planters which are made of unusual recycled objects. This "up-cycling", as it's called, is wonderful for taking things which might have otherwise gone to waste and transforming them into a stylish home for a living thing.  Basic tips for turning what might have become trash into container-gardening treasure:

  • Whenever possible, poke drainage holes in your container. If you can't, be sure to layer charcoal in the bottom, and be cautious of over watering.
  • If planting something which will be hung vertically like the birdcage pictured, use wire to hold the plants in place until their roots grow out enough to anchor them.
  • Succulents are a savvy choice for up-cycled containers because the plants can be divided and nestled into little nooks and crannies. 

These are just a few examples of projects you can accomplish with little time, your personal taste, and a little garden know-how. For recipe cards, and more adorable inspiration, visit us this weekend at our Dig Into Spring Ideas Fair at our new Rocklin location.

Dig Into Spring!

 

Saturday, March 19th & Sunday, March 20th 2016

Green Acres Rocklin 5436 Crossings Drive

Topics: Houseplant Care, Gift Ideas, Free Events, Garden Planter, Container Ideas, Decorating, Dig into Spring

Weekend Workshops are Back!

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jan 15, 2016 2:50:54 PM

It's 2016 and we're help you to get growing in the right direction with free workshops Saturday morning at all four locations.

Workshop Calendar

Here's a sneak peek at some upcoming topics:

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Roses De-Mystified
1/16. 9am. Elk Grove, Roseville & Sacramento
1/23. 9am. Folsom, Roseville & Sacramento
Roses may look high-maintenance but they don't have to be. Get hands-on help from the experts at our Saturday workshops this month. 

As a bonus, we are hosting two exclusive workshops at Folsom and Elk Grove featuring guest speakers from the Sacramento chapter of the American Rose Society. Please RSVP for the guest speaker workshops below:

 

February Workshops

Prune Like a Pro
2/6. 9am. All Locations. 
Unsure where to begin with the annual pruning of your trees, shrubs, vines and perennials? Let us show you! Learn about best practices, tools of the trade and helpful maintenance tips. 

Starting from Seed
2/13. 9am. All Locations. 
Get a jump start on gardening this year by starting all your annuals, vegetables and herbs from seed. You'll learn best practices and helpful germination tips to get your garden off on the right foot. 

Roses De-Mystified
2/20. 9am. All Locations. 
Don't be intimidated by planting, pruning or maintaining this classic garden favorite! Find out how to make your rose garden as gorgeous as the professionals, and which varieties are best for the Sacramento region.

Tree Solutions
2/27. 9am. All Locations
Trees can be great problem-solving plants in the landscape- if they are planted and maintained correctly. We'll discuss varieties, planting tips and selecting the tree which your family will enjoy for generations to come. 

 

Do you have an idea for how we can improve our workshops?

Suggest a Topic!  

Happy New Year! 

Topics: Free Events, Pruning, Events, Workshops, Sacramento Rose Society

Come Meet the Experts at Dig into Spring

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Mar 17, 2015 3:37:41 PM


Green Acres is hosting our third annual Dig Into Spring Ideas Fair at our new location in Elk Grove, March 21 & 22, and we want you to join us!

Dig Into Spring Event

In addition to food trucks, music, raffle prizes, vendor booths and seminars, we are very excited to host book signings by two local gardening experts: Carolyn Singer & Michael Glassman!


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Carolyn Singer is a local gardening guru and author of the Deer in my Garden series, as well as her new book: The Seasoned Gardener. Residing near Grass Valley, Carolyn's Deer in my Garden series is the result of much trial-and-error testing in her own garden, to determine which plants really have the best deer resistance in the Sierra Nevada foothills. 

 

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Her newest book is titled The Seasoned Gardener: Five decades of sustainable & practical garden wisdom. It is a compilation of articles she wrote for her column 'The Seasoned Gardener', published by The Union in Grass Valley. 

Carolyn will be signing books at our Dig Into Spring Ideas Fair on Saturday March 21 & Sunday, March 22 from 11am-4pm. 

 

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Michael Glassman is an award winning landscape designer and consultant with over thirty years of experience designing breathtaking landscapes in Northern California. He has authored and co-authored five books, including the Kinder Gardens series, a playful series of books geared towards getting young children interested in gardening. 

 

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 His newest book is titled The Garden Bible, a step-by-step guide to planning and designing your dream garden, which will be published in Spring of 2015.  


Michael will be signing books at our Dig into Spring Ideas Fair on Sunday, March 22 from 11am-1pm.

 

Check out our seminar schedule below for details on our weekend-long Dig into Spring workshop series!
Seminar Schedule

Topics: Free Events, Planning Your Landscape, Sacramento Gardening, Deer Resistant, Green Acres Events, Landscape Design, Events

12 Leaders You'll Want to Meet at the Grand Opening

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Mar 10, 2015 11:17:48 AM

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The Elk Grove Grand Opening on March 21-22 will have the best garden companies in attendance.  These twelve companies are leaders in the garden industry and together are a powerhouse of knowledge that you can glean from.  Bring your toughest garden questions and they can help.  Here is a short description of each company.  Take notes and be sure to visit their booth at the event for some one-on-one help for your garden problems.

  1. Bonide

    Bonide has always been committed to providing the best possible solutions for Home, Lawn and Garden Pest Problems. This includes attractive, convenient, cost effective packaging and product selection second to none.

    They are also proud of their complete line of Garden Naturals. Effective, time tested solutions that Bonide has been marketing since long before it was “hip to be green”.

  2. Botanical Interests Seeds

    At Botanical Interests their goal is to inspire and educate the gardener in you so that you can create beautiful and prolific gardens. Not only is the seed inside their packets the highest quality available, their packets are designed to give you the information you need to be a more successful gardener!

    • Over 600 high-quality varieties
    • Many heirloom seed varieties
    • A large selection of USDA Certified Organic seed varieties (learn more about organic seed)
    • Guaranteed - the germination rate of every variety is tested before we package it
    • All seed is untreated
    • No GMOs - they enthusiastically signed the SAFE SEED PLEDGE: They do not knowingly buy, sell or trade genetically engineered seeds or plants

  3. Danner Manufacturing, Inc.

    For over 75 years, a history of excellence, and improving the art of fluid motion.

    Ever since their modest beginnings in 1934, Danner Manufacturing (a family owned and operated business) has developed and produced innovative products for hobbyists and professionals.

    They are well known for their  PondmasterProline,& Fountain Pump products.  They are widely used in water gardens and fountain projects for any home.

  4. E.B. Stone

    In 1916, E.B. Stone created a fertilizer that made his fruit crops the talk of other San Jose farmers. In time, he created superb fertilizers as well as soil conditioners, for flowers, fruit trees and plant material of many varieties. When he retired in 1979, he sold his family business to the Crandall's another family dedicated to creating the best fertilizer and amendments.

    Through the years, horticulturists at E.B. Stone perfected some of those original formulas. The result is a new generation of 21st century fertilizers, soils for indoor use, all natural pest controls and soil amendments for the garden and landscape.

    The proof of their efforts is when you see what happens in your own garden with their Green All, E.B. Stone Organics and Mastery Nursery products.

  5. Kawahara Nursery

    Kawahara Nursery has been providing the best possible service and product selection of premium annuals, perennials and edibles in quart and gallon sizes.

    This commitment began over 70 years ago with Sam and Jean Kawahara and their four children on a 2-acre nursery in San Lorenzo, California. Striving to perfect the jumbo pack varieties, the family pioneered the reputation of quality and excellence.

    With this foundation, sons David and John, expanded the nursery to Morgan Hill in the early 80's where they broadened product selection and continue to be a leader in providing beautiful bedding products to garden centers throughout California.

  6. Kellogg Products

    Kellogg Products has been helping home gardeners create beautiful landscapes since 1925.  They offer natural and organic garden soils, potting soils and mulch to help your home project be a successful one.  

    The company is a family business spanning three generations and has deep family roots to this day.

  7. Lake Valley Seed

    Lake Valley Seed was founded in 1985 in the confines of a small garage in Boulder, Colorado.  Seed packets were filled by hand using small “teaspoon” like measuring devices.  The company has since developed into a high paced, automated production facility, which annually produces nearly 9 million packets of seed, consisting of over 800 different varieties of flower, vegetable and herb seeds. 

    Since 1985 the philosophy at Lake Valley Seed has held true: quality products at competitive prices, servicing passionate gardeners and independent retailers. 

  8. John F. Mahaney Company

    They are an independent distributor of tools.  Founded in 1951 specializing in agricultural, ranch and industrial hardware supplies in the Sacramento area.

    They feature many quality products including the Red Rooster® line of professional tools. The Red Rooster® product line includes a wide variety of tools designed and engineered for the professional. These tools provide superior performance and tremendous value.

  9. McCalls Nursery

    Their mantra is "Growing Great since 1948!"  They have a growing facility of over 60 acres located in southern Fresno.  It is a family owned and operated nursery. They are well known for growing beautiful perennials, fruit trees, and some of the best roses this side of the Mississippi!

  10. Monrovia

    Monrovia plants has been around since 1926 and is known for having Distinctively Better Plants.   They grow over 3,600 varieties and over 22 million plants annually.  Each plant is nurtured by hand with care.  

    They are well known in the garden industry for introducing plant varieties that are more pest and disease resistant and or have improved characteristics like fruit production, shape, or color.  Using Monrovia plants helps you reduce the need to use chemicals for pest prevention and also helps you be a more successful gardener.

  11. Monterey Lawn & Garden

    Monterey Lawn & Garden is a distributor of plant protection chemicals and fertilizers based in Fresno, California since 1963.  Their goal is to provide home gardeners the same professional grade technology available to the ag industry.  

    Their growing line of products provide economical and effective solutions to yard and garden problems, and are properly registered and labeled to be sold to and used by the home gardener.

  12. Monterey Bay Nursery

    This nursery has been around for over 20 years, is on 50 beautiful acres in Northern Monterey County and have an offering of over 1,000 varieties of plants at any given time.  

    Monterey Bay Nursery focuses on new and innovative plants.  They are well known for growing fantastic perennials, California Natives, Australian plants & more.  At Green Acres, we especially love their Flowering Maples and Fuchsias!

This is just a taste of the high caliber garden companies that will be at our Elk Grove Grand Opening.  We actually have even more that will be there!  Between all of these companies there are literally hundreds of years of expertise in the plant and garden industry that will be available for free to all of our customers.  We hope you will take advantage of these great minds and come on March 21-22 at our newest Elk Grove store located at 9220 E. Stockton Blvd.  

Grand Opening

 

Topics: Free Events, Events

The Benefits of Grafting Citrus & Why it is Catching On

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Aug 5, 2013 12:45:00 PM

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Raymond Sheehy from the Sacramento Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers gave a two hour Citrus Grafting Clinic at the Sacramento Green Acres on July 27th.  

We were pleased to have nearly 50 guests at this free educational event with attendees from Folsom all the way up to Yuba City.  All who attended had one thing in common, they were interested in learning about citrus grafting techniques and the the endless possibilites that comes with grafting.  If you missed out on the clinic, we thought many of you might be interested in a summary.

 

Why Graft?

Raymond talked about the wonders of having a citrus tree produce multiple types of citrus fruits which is one of the main reasons grafting is growing in popularity.  Raymond is an active member of the California Rare Fruit Exchange and a past President of the Sacramento Chapter.  The group promotes the joys of growing and grafting fruit and citrus trees as well as promoting proper practices, like using certified budwood. Raymond gave a brief discussion of the basic principles of citrus grafting techniques and culture, and followed the information with an interactive grafting demonstration.

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Why Use Certified Budwood?

The California Rare Fruit Growers stress the importance of using certified budwood and stock.  In many commercial citrus-growing areas of the U.S. and the world, budwood is collected only from sources that are certified to be free of a number of viral diseases.  What is the danger of not using certified budwood, one might ask?  Well, there is an awful citrus pest called the Citrus Asian Psyllid, which causes Citrus Greening Disease officially called Huanglongbing (Pronounced “One-Long-Bing”).  The disease is carried by the Asian Citrus Psyllid where it is spread from tree to tree (photo).  The disease causes trees to die at an early age.  The normal lifespan of a citrus tree can be over 50 years old, however, with the disease the tree usually dies after 2-3 years.  The disease can devastate citrus groves and unfortunately, has already negatively impacted the Florida citrus industry and been plaguing southern California since the first Citrus Psyllid arrived back in 2008 and the first case of Citrus Greening disease was detected in Los Angeles in 2012.  


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Why Join a Club?

We are fortunate that the Asian Psyllid has not arrived in northern California and the citrus industry and local organizations like the Rare Fruit Growers tirelessly educate local gardeners about the issue.  Raymond and fellow California Rare Fruit Grower member, Harvy Correia, (photo) showed certified citrus stock and discussed the dangers of using non-certified stock.  They discussed in detail the dangers of the Asian Citrus Psyllid and the importance of not bringing citrus fruit or trees from any area outside of the greater Sacramento Area.  The also encouraged novices to join their group or other similar organizations to be educated by grafting experts who have perfected their techniques with decades of practice.

Grafting Terms Defined:  A Scion is More than Just a Car

While at the clinic, Ray gave some information on the grafting lingo.  For those who are newbies, the plant that is being propogated (the bud or budwood) is referred to as a scion and the plant being grafted onto is simply called the rootstock, or stock.  Raymond showed the group different grafting techniques and grafts. T-Bud grafts were featured at this clinic.  T-bud grafting is a special technique where the scion piece is reduced to a single bud and then grafted on the stock.  As with other types of asexual reproduction, the resulting plants will be genetic clones.

 

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You've Got Options

The beauty of citrus grafting is that the options are truly limitless.  One member of the group claimed that he had a citrus tree with over 101 grafts on a single tree!  Imagine going out to your tree and picking a lemon, an orange, a grapefruit and a mandarin… off of one tree!  Truly, you could pick the type of citrus that you love most and create a specific tree to grow based on your family's tastes.  The attendees of this clinic were especially fascinated by the many possibilities with grafting.  The group was given the opportunity to purchase citrus scions and budding stock and graft their own tree.  Many of the attendees purchased an established citrus tree from Green Acres and bought grafting scions from the California Rare Fruit Growers to make their tree a multiple fruiting citrus. To the left is a photo of Raymond showing a customer how to graft five different types of Citrus trees scions on to his lemon tree that he just bought from Green Acres.  After a few years of maturing, this customer should have multiple citrus fruits coming from just one tree!  The California Rare Fruit Growers holds scion exchanges throughout the year.  If you are interested in learning more or becoming a member of the Rare Fruit Growers in Sacramento to learn the art of grafting, visit their website at www.crfg.org.

Green Acres Nursery & Supply offers free seasonal workshops.  Stay tuned to upcoming wokshops by checking our calendar.  When it comes to citrus, Green Acres has the best quality.  We always carry Certified Citrus exclusively grown by Four Winds Growers and Monrovia Nursery. For more information on Citrus click below.

 

Topics: Free Events, Edibles, Backyard Orchard, Fruit Trees

Free Garden Education Event- Dig Into Spring Ideas Fair

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Feb 27, 2013 12:41:00 PM

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With the weather warming up and the earliest bulbs blooming, many gardeners are eagerly anticipating the arrival of Spring. To prepare you for the gardening season, Green Acres is proud to announce it's Annual Dig Into Spring Ideas Fair! 
Free Garden Education event
Our store will be set up like a true plant-lovers expo, with booths from some of the best garden suppliers and nurseries in the area, including:
  • E.B. Stone
  • The Scotts company
  • Danner Manufacturing
  • Monrovia Nursery
  • Kawahara Nursery
  • Bayer
  • Bonide
  • Mahaney Tools
  • And many more!

Come attend our free educational Seminars presented by leading experts in the garden world.

Other attractions include:

Complimentary food provided by local food trucks.  

Raffle prizes & giveaways.
 

Barbecue demonstrations!
Come see how these beautiful machines do their magic and taste little treats throughout the weekend. 

In store sales!
The thirty plus vendors are providing great pricing, so we in turn are passing the savings on to you.

Interested in coming?  We sure hope so.  Visit our website to learn more!

Green Acres Website  


Topics: Free Events, Nursery Supply Store in Sacramento, Green Acres Events

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