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River District tree planting needs volunteers

SacTree hosts event Saturday morning at business park

Tree planting
Tree planting is an important part of Sacramento
Tree Foundation activities, and all ages are welcome.
(Photo courtesy Sacramento Tree Foundation)

It’s time for the City of Trees to embrace the River District!

Volunteers are needed by the Sacramento Tree Foundation to plant trees Saturday morning in the River District Business Park.

The River District is northwest of downtown Sacramento, extending from the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers to the Highway 160 area. The tree planting site will bring young trees to one of the Sacramento’s fastest-changing areas.

Volunteers will meet  at 1103 N. B St. at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, with work wrapping up at noon.

“Join us as we plant trees in front of one of businesses in the River District,” says SacTree. “Planting trees … helps create more welcoming communities, assists in reducing businesses energy bills, attracts more shoppers, and encourages everyone to get outside – helping make these communities more livable and lovable!”

Registration is free, but volunteers need to register in advance. Directions and other information will be sent via email before Saturday morning. Sign up here: https://sactree.org/event/river-district-business-tree-planting/

Volunteers of all ages will be welcome; participants under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. SacTree in particular hopes to attract people who live or work in the River District.

Close-toed shoes are required. Long sleeves and pants are recommended as well as gloves. As for pandemic protocols, attendees should wear face masks and stay socially distanced while working. No proof of vaccination is needed.

“We provide all the necessary tools and supplies to care for trees,” says SacTree. “Participants will receive a short, hands-on training on site. After learning the tools and techniques, participants will split up into groups and begin planting trees.”

January is a great time to plant trees in Sacramento. Volunteers also will learn the techniques they need to plant trees at their own homes.

Questions? Contact Kimmy Boyle, River District Project Coordinator, at kimmy@sactree.org or 916-214-9682.

Details: www.sactree.org .

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For week of March 3:

* Celebrate the city flower! Catch the 100th Sacramento Camellia Show 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Admission is free.

* Between showers, pick up fallen camellia blooms; that helps cut down on the spread of blossom blight that prematurely browns petals.

* Feed camellias after they bloom with fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants.

* Camellias need little pruning. Remove dead wood and shape, if necessary.

* Tread lightly or not at all on wet ground; it compacts soil.

* Avoid digging in wet soil, too; wait until it clumps in your hand but doesn’t feel squishy.

* Note spots in your garden that stay wet after storms; improve drainage with the addition of organic matter such as compost.

* Keep an eye out for leaning trunks or ground disturbances around a tree’s base, a sign of shifting roots in the wet soil.

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* If aphids are attracted to new growth, knock them off with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap. To make your own “bug soap,” use two tablespoons liquid soap – not detergent – to one quart water in a spray bottle. Shake it up before use. Among the liquid soaps that seem most effective are Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps; try the peppermint scent.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Make plans for your summer garden. Once the soil is ready, start adding amendments such as compost.

* Indoors, start seeds for summer favorites such as tomatoes, peppers and squash as well as summer flowers.

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