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SacTree celebrates Arbor Week, big birthday

Tree lovers of all ages invited to Sunday event

Oak tree
Celebrate the trees above and around us during the Sacramento Tree Foundation's 40th anniversary
party and Arbor Day celebration this Sunday. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

It’s time to hug our favorite trees and show our urban forest some love!

This is Arbor Week in California. It also represents a milestone for the Sacramento Tree Foundation, which is celebrating its 40th birthday this week.

SacTree was founded on California Arbor Day 40 years ago, which means it's time for a special anniversary party, too.

“Since our founding on March 7, 1982, thousands of community members like you have helped us plant over 1.5 million trees throughout the region,” says the foundation. “Thanks to your ongoing support and dedication over these four decades, our region is greener, healthier, and more beautiful for generations to come. We could not have made it this far without you, so to celebrate, we’d love for you to join us for some special events during California Arbor Week!”

Among those free and family-friendly events are a scavenger hunt, walking tours and virtual tours. See the full schedule here: https://sactree.org/arbor-week-2022/

The big event will be Sunday, March 13, at Urban Wood Rescue, 6045 Midway St., Sacramento, in Depot Park. From 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, the tree people will gather for SacTree’s 40th birthday party.

The party will feature “food trucks, a makers’ faire, demonstrations and activities for all ages to learn more about Sacramento’s urban forest and how the Tree Foundation stewards it from seed to slab,” says SacTree. “Admission is free, but there will be food, drink, wood, and wares available for purchase.”

Attendees can register in advance on eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arbor-week-festival-registration-244660455007

More details: www.sactree.org .

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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 29

Bundle up and get work done!

* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.

* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.

* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.

* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.

* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.

* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.

* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.

* Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.

* Cut back and divide chrysanthemums.

* Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs.

* Transplant pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, snapdragons and fairy primroses.

* In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.

* Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.

* In the bulb department, plant callas, anemones, ranunculus and gladiolus for bloom from late spring into summer.

* Plant blooming azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. If you’re shopping for these beautiful landscape plants, you can now find them in full flower at local nurseries.

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