Home & Garden

Managing ants key to controlling aphids in crape myrtles

Question: What is the best way to get rid of aphids in 30-foot crape myrtles? I tried using a power washer to hit the upper branches and knock them off the leaves — but that ...

Master Gardeners' calendar discusses ways to garden in the drought

The Placer County Master Gardeners’ calendar for 2015 is putting California’s drought front and center. Under the theme “California Dreaming  … Beau ...

Homes on Auburn Symphony League tour fundraiser reveal wealth of design and décor ideas

A sampling of Auburn’s exceptional mix of residential styles and architectural eras will be on display during the Gold Country Elegance Home Tour. Hosted by the Auburn Symp ...

Lots of choices for going native

Native plants are a colorful sight on hillsides and along canyon trails.   They’re also a great choice for the home garden. The Redbud Chapter of the California N ...

Plant now for fall and winter greens

Even before the bushels of tomatoes, zucchini and peppers start to wane, it’s time for fall planting. It’s a natural progression for Master Gardener Laurie Meyerpeter ...

Home & Garden Brief: Tour puts foothill homes on view

Five distinctly different foothills homes will be open for viewing during the Gold Country Elegance Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. Hosted by the Auburn Symphony ...

Her creations are recipe for success

At a time when a deluge of TV cooking shows has created an army of  super competent home chefs, a Loomis woman’s expertise is putting her in the spotlight. For the sec ...

Plenty of alternatives to Mexican feather grass

It’s an airy plant that waves in the breeze on a warm summer day. Its long feathery stems create an interesting contrast in the landscape. It’s very maintenance friendl ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Mistletoe diverts vital water from trees during drought

Question: I have mistletoe growing in my oak tree. How do I get rid of it? Answer: Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that absorbs both water and nutrients from its host plant. It is ...

Cultivating figs — it’s not all cut and dried

At Sinclair Family Farm in Penryn it’s fig-drying time. August is a prime ripening month for the easy-to-cultivate fruit. The Sinclairs maintain three trees — produ ...