Canine Crusaders 2016

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Aug 14, 2016 7:32:20 AM

Green Acres' 7th Annual Dog Days of Summer event August 12-14!

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Dog Days of Summer is not just a sneaky way to lure you and your dog into the nursery so we can pamper your adorable furry friends. It's also our way of showing some love to the local animal organizations! These hard-working, dedicated people improve our lives through the training, rescuing, fostering, and caring for dogs all over the Sacramento Area, so stop by one of our five locations August 12-14 to say 'Hi'!

One More Dog Rescue 

This rescue organization located in Lincoln has a mission: find loving homes for every animal in their care, saving them from euthanasia. With over one thousand dogs saved so far, we think they're doing a fantastic job. 

Rocklin, Saturday 8/13 10am-2pm 


NorCal Bully Breed Rescue 

Nobody loves pit bulls the way that NorCal Bully Breed Rescue does! This foster-based nonprofit rescue organization takes in unwanted, stray and medically compromised dogs that would otherwise be euthanized. Their volunteers spend the time, money and effort to get these dogs healthy and find them loving homes. 

Rocklin, Sunday 8/14 10am-2pm 


RedRover 

Founded in 1987, RedRover's mission is to bring animals out of crisis and strengthen the bond between people and animals through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. 

Sacramento, Saturday 8/13 10am-2pm 


Placer SPCA 

Founded in 1973, Placer SPCA is one of the largest nonprofit animal organizations in the area, and plays a very active role in enhancing the lives of animals in our community. Their mission is to find homes for every adoptable animal, make sure lost animals are reunited with their owners, and provide affordable spay and neuter services. 

Rocklin, Saturday 8/13 10am-2pm  


Happy Tails Animal Sanctuary 

Happy Tails Animal Sanctuary is a no-kill animal rescue organization, dedicated to improving the lives of homeless and abused animals throughout the Sacramento area.  Learn about volunteer opportunities and their adoption and rescue programs and meet some foster dogs!

Sacramento, Saturday 8/13  from 10am-2pm 


NorCal Cocker Rescue 

NorCal Cocker Rescue saves Cocker Spaniels from being euthanized at shelters all over Northern California. Meet lovable dogs available for adoption, and grab some volunteer information. 

Folsom, Saturday 8/13 from 11am-2pm 


Sacramento SPCA 

The Sacramento SPCA is here to foster a loving and compassionate community for animals and people by providing assistance, creating lifelong relationships and saving lives. Find your match with dogs available for adoption, and learn about the various programs provided by the shelter. 

Sacramento, Saturday 8/13 from 10am-2pm  


Sacramento Independent Animal Rescuers (SIAR) 

SIAR is a nonprofit animal rescue whose focus is to aid stray, abandoned and neglected animals. Once healthy, their mission is to place these animals in loving, responsible homes. Buy a shaved ice treat from Snowie King at our Roseville location on Saturday, 8/13 and 20% of your purchase will be donated to help Sacramento independent Animal Rescuers!

Roseville, Saturday 8/13 10am-2pm 


Elk Grove PD Animal Services 

The City of Elk Grove's Animal Services department provides field coverage seven days a week to help stray, neglected and abused animals. They educate about responsible pet ownership and reduce animal overpopulation.  As an added bonus, they will be offering free microchipping at their booth during the event!

 
Do you think your pooch is the cutest? Submit a pic of your dog enjoying the garden for a chance to win a $100 Green Acres gift card!
Dog Days Photo Contest

Topics: Summer, Green Acres Events, Events, Dog Friendly, Dog Days of Summer

Our Plant Pick: Hydrangeas

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jul 21, 2016 3:57:22 PM

Our Plant Pick: Hydrangeas

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Nothing compares to Hydrangeas. They are the most versatile plant you can grow in the shade, ranging from small to large shrubs, climbing vines, and even patio trees. Showy bracts surround inconspicuous flowers which bloom throughout the spring, lasting much longer than most flowers do as it is bracts, as opposed to the petals, that are colorful. These flowers can be quite diverse as well, from lacecap varieties to multi-colored flowers and even reblooming varieties such as the Endless Summer® and Let's Dance® series.  

luisa_lauren_hydrangea-793709-edited.jpgIn the Sacramento Area, Hydrangeas are comfortable in a little morning sun, but no late afternoon sun. They thrive in rich soil, well-mulched to a depth of two-to-three inches. This showy shrub is also unique in that its flowers change color in reaction to the the acidity (pH) of the soil, except white varieties which stay white. If you're soil is acidic, the flowers will lean towards blue,  if it's alkaline, the flowers will be pink. To change the color of your Hydrangeas flowers in spring, you must feed them the previous fall with an amendment that alters pH. Try E.B. Stone Cottonseed Meal for blue, and E.B. Stone Naturals Agricultural Lime to go pink. Most Hydrangeas should be pruned after they've finished blooming, but no later than mid-August. This is because they bloom on old wood, and if you prune them late in the year, it may be at the expense of next year's flowers. Reblooming varieties such as the Endless Summer® and Let's Dance® series bloom on both old and new wood, so they can be trimmed any time. 

Luisa and Lauren love Hydrangeas because:

"The flowers are enormous, sometimes reaching ten inches across, and they can bloom for months!"

 Want more flowers that look fabulous in bouquets?  Cut-Flower Gardening

Topics: Shrubs, Summer, Flowers for Shade, Hydrangeas

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Bush Strawflower

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Oct 15, 2015 3:06:53 PM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Bush Strawflower

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Bush Strawflower (Bracteantha bracteata) is a summer annual or short-lived perennial native to eastern Australia. Probably the most ubiquitous Australian native in California nurseries, Bush Strawflower has earned it's place due to its extremely long-lasting and dramatic blossoms. Its common name is derived from its papery bracts which are shiny and stiff, radiating from the true flowers in the center like everlasting sun rays. 

HeatherBracteantha-642605-editedGenerally reaching 10-14 inches high and wide, Strawflower is the perfect little "filler" for containers or nestled into sunny flower borders. There are a wide range of colors in cultivation, but the most common varieties are bright, warm colors such as red, yellow and orange. Its extreme heat tolerance and low water use makes it a brilliant choice for a summer pot-up, but its flowers will keep blooming all the way up until frost. 

It's Heather's pick-of-the-week because:

"I absolutely love this plant! The flowers are so bright and unusual and they last forever in the full hot sun."

 Want more plants that won't wimp out in the heat? 

Low-Water Plants

 

 

Topics: Waterwise, Flowers, Flowers in the Heat, Summer

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Princess Flower

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Aug 27, 2015 9:28:20 AM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Princess Flower

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Princess Flower (Tibouchina urvilleana) is a semi-evergreen shrub native to Brazil. It has velvety medium-green leaves and vivid, electric purple flowers which are well suited to its royal namesake. In our climate it flourishes in the heat of summer, boasting a very long bloom season spring through fall. Given its tropical origins, it's no surprise that Princess Flowers are sensitive when it comes to frost. Hardy to 25-30°F, they must be protected in the winter. This love for heat and cold intolerance make this noble shrub best suited for enclosed courtyards, near pools or in containers.

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Due to our chilly winters, Princess Flower usually only reaches 6-7ft high and wide in the Sacramento area. However, if it is in a protected area where it is particularly happy, it might eventually reach 15ft, making it an ideal candidate to train into a small tree. It's deeply saturated blue-violet blossoms adorned with elegant, curly stamens are irresistible to butterflies, making Princess Flower a wonderful addition to a tropical-themed pollinator garden.  

 

It's Linda's pick-of-the-week because:

"I love how versatile it is, you can prune to shape it any way you want. The velvety foliage tinged with red and those unbelievable purple flowers look so luxurious!"

 

 

 

 

Want to create your own tropical Pollinator Paradise? Here's some inspiration...
 
Canna 'Tropicanna Black'

 

Topics: Tropicals, Shrubs, Container Ideas, Summer, Summer Flowers, Butterflies

Dog Days of Summer 2015: Meet the Canine Crusaders

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Aug 7, 2015 11:36:00 AM

 

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Green Acres' 6th Annual Dog Days of Summer event is August 14-16!

 

Dog Days of Summer is not just a sneaky way to lure you and your dog into the nursery so we can pamper your adorable furry friends. It's also our way of showing some love to the local animal organizations! These hard-working, dedicated people improve our lives through the training, rescuing, fostering, and caring for dogs all over the Sacramento Area, so stop by one of our four locations August 14-16 to say 'Hi'!

 

 Alpha K9 

Alpha K9 provides highly trained PTSD service dogs to veterans, first responders, and battered women and children for minimal cost or free.

Find out about their service/working dog program and basic obedience & behavior modification courses.

Saturday 8/15 at Sacramento from 10-2
Sunday 8/16 at Folsom from 10-2

 

Front Street Animal Shelter was established as the city pound in 1859, and is now one of the region's leaders in saving animals. Their mission is to save the lives of homeless pets, facilitate adoptions and continue to decrease the number of pets who are euthanized in the Sacramento region.  

Meet their special dogs, available for adoption, as well as information on volunteering, foster opportunities, low-cost spray & neuter, and low-cost vaccination clinics. 

Friday 8/14 at Elk Grove from 11-2

 

Happy Tails Animal Sanctuary 

Happy Tails Animal Sanctuary is a no-kill animal rescue organization, dedicated to improving the lives of homeless and abused animals throughout the Sacramento area. 

Learn about volunteer opportunities and their adoption and rescue programs and meet some foster dogs!

Saturday, 8/15 at Sacramento from 10-2

 

NorCal Cocker Rescue 

NorCal Cocker Rescue saves Cocker Spaniels from being euthanized at shelters all over Northern California. Meet lovable dogs available for adoption, and grab some volunteer information. 

Saturday 8/15 at Roseville from 11-2

 

Sacramento SPCA 

The Sacramento SPCA is here to foster a loving and compassionate community for animals and people by providing assistance, creating lifelong relationships and saving lives.

Find your match with dogs available for adoption, and learn about the various programs provided by the shelter. 

Saturday 8/15 at Sacramento from 10-2

 

Sacramento Independent Animal Rescuers (SIAR) 

SIAR is a nonprofit animal rescue whose focus is to aid stray, abandoned and neglected animals. Once healthy, their mission is to place these animals in loving, responsible homes.

Check out the information about their organization and dog supplies offered for donations. 

Saturday 8/15 at Roseville from 10-2

 

Elk Grove PD Animal Services 

The City of Elk Grove's Animal Services department provides field coverage seven days a week to help stray, neglected and abused animals. They educate about responsible pet ownership and reduce animal overpopulation.

Visit with several dogs who are available for adoption, as well as information about low-cost spay and neuter, low-cost vaccination programs, and dog behavioral classes. 

As an added bonus, they will be offering free microchipping to anyone and free pet licensing to Elk Grove residents at their booth during the event!

Saturday 8/15 at Elk Grove from 10-2
Sunday 8/16 at Elk Grove from 10-2

 

Be sure to check our our Dog Days event and support these paw-sitively wonderful people!

Do you think your pooch is the cutest? Enter our Dog Days of Summer Photo Contest for a chance to win a $100 Green Acres Gift card or a $50 donation to the animal charity of your choosing!

Dog Days Photo Contest

 

And come out to one of our nurseries on Saturday, August 15 from 10-2 and get a free photo shoot with your furry friend at our Krazy Kanine Photo Booth

Or come check out at Big Green Egg demo at our Elk Grove location on Saturday August 15th & Sunday, August 16th!

August Events

Topics: Summer, Green Acres Events, Dog Friendly

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Penstemon 'Margarita BOP'

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jul 30, 2015 5:45:00 PM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Penstemon 'Margarita BOP'
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Penstemon 'Margarita BOP' is distinctly different from other varieties of Penstemon, even at first glance. That's because atop it's compact 2' x 2' mound of foliage are dozens of flowers, which may be sky blue, or iridescent violet, or somewhere in between. This California native perennial was a chance discovery by Las Pilitas Nursery sometime in the early 80's when the workers noticed that this little Penstemon which sprung up on it's own was flourishing despite never being watered, fertilized or tended to. Las Pilitas Nursery is located in Santa Margarita California, and the 'BOP' stands for Back of Porch where the original specimen thrived for over a decade, until it was accidentally smothered by cement. 
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Rarely in the garden, do you find a plant that manages to look so good with little maintenance. So 'Margarita BOP' is truly a treasure. If it's ethereal blue-violet flowers don't entice you, maybe the fact that it is drought tolerant, thrives in full sun, and attracts hummingbirds, just might. 

It's McKenna's Pick-of-the-Week because:

"It's an easy-to-grow perennial that comes back strong every year! The flower color is spectacular, and I'm impressed by how it blooms all summer without a lot of water."

 

 

 

 

 







Are you crazy for California natives? Learn more about the best California natives for the Sacramento valley.  

Our Favorite Natives

 

For more ideas on how to re-vamp your yard to be more water wise, check out our Drought Tolerant Plant List.

Topics: Native Plants, Waterwise, Sacramento Low Water Plants, What Can I Plant This Season?, Flowers in the Heat, Low Water Plants, Sacramento Gardening, Summer, Drought Tolerant

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Dinnerplate Hibiscus 'Luna'

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jul 10, 2015 12:05:10 PM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Dinnerplate Hibiscus 'Luna' 

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Dinnerplate Hibiscus may not be as popular as it's tropical counterpart, but it is equally beautiful. As an added bonus, it is more cold hardy than Tropical Hibiscus, even tolerating temperatures down to at least 30° F. With mind-blowing 4-5 inch flowers in summery shades of deep pink and white all throughout the summer, this sun-loving sub-shrub will certainly steal the show in your garden.

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Reaching about 4-5 feet high and wide, Dinnerplate Hibiscus is a herbaceous shrub, meaning it should be cut nearly to the ground every winter, and it will return in the spring. It does best in full sun or light shade, making it ideal for planting en masse in a sunny border. It thrives in rich soil with regular water and can even grow at the edge of ponds or in poorly draining soil which tends to stay boggy. 'Luna' series is a more compact variety which is also well suited to containers.

It is Elise's plant pick-of-the-week because

"Dinnerplate Hibiscus is so versatile and showy! I love how it can be used as a pond plant or as a container specimen."

 

With it's breathtaking satiny summer-blooming flowers and moon-inspired namesake, Dinnerplate Hibiscus 'Luna White' would make a striking addition to a garden that shines when the sun goes down...

Moon Gardens

For more pond inspiration, check out our 4 Tips for Creating a Breathtaking Backyard Pond. 

 

Topics: What Can I Plant This Season?, Flowers in the Heat, Pond, Summer

Grow Your Own Salsa Garden

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on May 23, 2014 2:56:00 PM

Fresh salsa is so tasty on grilled chicken tacos, your favorite grilled fish, or added to grilled steak fajitas. And, whether you’ve got little gardening experience, or are an experienced Green-Thumb, a salsa garden can make a great addition to any backyard. It doesn’t take a lot to get started. With just three easy steps, you’ll be on your way to fresh homemade salsa, truly made from scratch.

3 Steps to Growing a Salsa Garden
to compliment grilled chicken, fish, or steak

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Step 1:

Choose Your Salsa Elements.

There are some key elements to salsa that you will want to plant in your garden.

  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Corn, fresh or grilled
  • And, add a twist with nectarines or peaches

Unfortunately, not all of the above elements ripen in the garden at the same time, but tomatoes and peppers will thrive during Sacramento's hot summer months.  Many of the other ingredients prefer cooler weather, so simply supplement with store bought produce when not available at your local garden center.

If there is a recipe that you enjoy, then model the salsa garden on that based on that. If there isn't a recipe in mind, you can choose tomatoes, peppers, and herbs based on what is popular in your home. Feeling adventurous? Divide garden space between favorites and other varieties that you would like to try.  When the harvest comes in, enjoy classic favorites or invent new salsa recipes that can be enjoyed year after year.

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Tomatoes and peppers take between two-to-three months to produce fruit, but this will depend on the variety you choose to plant.

If you're looking for some inspiration, here are some of the most popular varieties:

Tomatoes:
Better Boy, Roma, Early Girl, Cherry, & Beefsteak are very popular for salsa making.  

Peppers: 
Mild: Bermuda, Poblano

Medium: Jalapeno, Fresno

Hot: Serrano, Tabasco, Cayenne

Since the peppers come in different heat levels those are some favorites at each tier.  If you find that your salsa is too hot, remove the seeds.  This will remove some of the capsaicin, the part of the fruit which is most attributed to heat.


Step 2:

Choose Your Location

A big part of any gardening is putting the plant in a place where it will be able to thrive. Salsa veggies need full sun, so it's important to plant them in a place where they get that. Herbs, including the ones you find in salsa, only require around four hours of sun each day. You'll want to find a spot that will provide your herbs with some daily afternoon shade. Fruit trees require full sun and well-drained soil. 

All of the vegetable and herb elements of a salsa garden can grow well in containers, if you remember three key things:

  • Use a large pot, giving plants room to grow
  • Remember to fertilize regularly, to keep plants nourished
  • Plant in well-draining soil to prevent root rot
  • If growing fruit trees, ultra dwarf, or pole fruit varieties do well in large pots


Step 3:

Plant and Maintain

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With the ideal spot and the perfect medley of tomatoes, peppers, and herbs you'll have the ability to make fresh salsa whenever you want. Food grown at home tastes much better than what is available in stores, not to mention it’s far more cost-effective. All that's needed is a little maintenance and with the following tips, it will be a piece of cake!

  • Add organic fertilizer to soil. Organic fertilizer will give plants the nutrients they need without burning them in the hot summer heat.
  • Pick and pinch your herbs regularly. The more herbs are picked or pinched, the more they will grow. It's also important to keep it from flowering; because once it flowers the herb will turn bitter.
  • Deep and infrequent waterings preferred. Instead of watering everyday, try a deep and infrequent watering schedule. This means letting a slow trickle of water seep in over a long period of time. This allows the water to permeate the soil and encourages root growth.
  • Convert to Drip. Drip is the easiest way to do deep infrequent waterings.
 


Want more ideas for your edible garden?

 
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Topics: Salsa Garden, Peppers, Edibles, Organic Fertilizers, BBQ, Summer Garden, Planting Ideas, Veggies and Herbs, Tomatoes, Summer, Grilling

Why Crape Myrtles Take the Stage This Summer

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jul 15, 2013 9:54:00 AM

 

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The Crape Myrtle,
or Lagerstroemia indica, gets its name from the abundant spires of crepe-like flowers that it bears in the warm, summer months. These showy flowers combined with attractive bark, beautiful fall foliage water-wise properties and high durability have made the Crape Myrtle a popular choice within Northern California landscapes.

 

 

 

 

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A Little Background Information

 
Lagerstroemia indica are native to South East Asia, Australia, Oceania and the Indian sub-continent, making them a perfect candidate for the dry heat in regions of Northern California. Known to some as “living bouquets,” their floral tufts range in color from soft lavender to vivacious red and many shades in between. The Crape Myrtle comes in a wide variety of sizes and is available as a tree or shrub. Gardeners may choose from a dwarf that can remain as small as 3’ to a tree that can reach up to 30’ high.

 

 

 

 

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How to Care For and Maintain Your Crape Myrtle

Crape Myrtles are some of the most accommodating plants, thriving in dry, full sun and requiring less maintenance than most trees and shrubs. Follow these simple tips to help ensure its success in your garden:

Be sure to plant in a dry, full sun area and thoroughly soak the root ball at time of planting. Click here to refer to our planting guide for a complete how-to on planting any tree or shrub.

 

Crape Myrtle Shrub, Natchez variety

  • Implement a deep watering schedule until the Crape Myrtle has become established (usually 3-5 years). Once established, the plant can survive off of less water and really utilize its drought-tolerant abilities. Smaller trees will reach this point quicker than large trees.  
  • Clip spent flowers to promote a round of additional flowering throughout the season.

  • Choose the right variety for your space to avoid unnecessary pruning. If needed, refrain to light pruning in the winter and early spring.

 

 

 

This Season's Top-picks

These popular varieties of Crape Myrtles have won the hearts of many gardeners and landscapers alike,
making them top-picks of the season!
  

#1 Dynamite

Dynamite Crape Myrtle flowers

#2 Red Rocket

Red rocket Crape Myrtle flowers

#3 Tuscarora

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#4 Catawaba

Catawba Crape Myrtle Variety

#5 Natchez

Natchez Crape Myrtle flower

 

Come catch a glimpse of their luscious flowers and learn more about this amazing plant. Feel free to stop by any of our locations and we can help you find the perfect Crape Myrtle to fit your landscape. 

 

Want other low water planting ideas? 

Drought Tolerant Plants

Topics: Shrubs for Sacramento Area, Tree, Shrubs, Low Water Plants, Planting Ideas, Summer

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