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Where to recycle your Christmas tree

Several collection sites will be open Jan. 8

Closeup of live fir tree with ornaments
When that real Christmas tree is done displaying
favorite Christmas ornaments, it can be recycled
into mulch. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)



What do you do with your Christmas tree after Christmas is over? Does it go back in the box – or to another use?

Living Christmas trees – those in pots with roots – should get back outdoors ASAP. They need sun, water and air. Conifers don’t make good houseplants.

Real Christmas trees – once living, but by now, pretty dead – can be recycled. City of Sacramento as well as Sacramento County turn old trees into mulch.

For Sacramento residents with curbside trash pick-up, trees can be left in the street or cut up and placed in the green waste container. “The Claw” will pick up trees through Feb. 6 (later than originally scheduled). Please keep trees out of bikes lanes and away from storm drains, the city says.

Flocked trees will be accepted. Please remove all tinsel, decorations, lights, nails or tree stands.

In addition, several free drop-off events are scheduled:

-- 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8

SMUD Corporation Yard, 6100 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento. Get your tree mulched for free and take home the mulch to use in your garden. Bring large trash bags or containers to cart home the mulch.

-- 8 a.m.-6 p.m Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 8 and 9

North Area Recovery Station, 4450 Roseville Road, North Highlands.

-- 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 8 and 9

Kiefer Landfill, 12701 Kiefer Blvd., Rancho Cordova. Directions: From Jackson Highway, go north on Grant Line, then right on Kiefer Boulevard.

-- 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8

Elder Creek Recovery and Transfer, 8642 Elder Creek Road, Sacramento. Directions: From Jackson Highway, go south on Florin Perkins Road, then left on Elder Creek Road.

-- 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8

Sacramento Recycling & Transfer Station, 8491 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento. This site is also accepting trees weekdays through Jan. 8. Directions: From Jackson Highway, go south on Florin Perkins Road, then right on Fruitridge Road.

-- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8

Dan Russell Rodeo Arena, Rodeo Park, end of Stafford Street, Folsom.

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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Feb. 5

Make the most of sunny days and get winter tasks done:

* This is the last chance to spray fruit trees before they bloom. Treat peach and nectarine trees with copper-based fungicide. Spray apricot trees at bud swell to prevent brown rot. Apply horticultural oil to control scale, mites and aphids on fruit trees soon after a rain. But remember: Oils need at least 24 hours to dry to be effective. Don’t spray during foggy weather or when rain is forecast.

* Feed spring-blooming shrubs and fall-planted perennials with slow-release fertilizer. Feed mature trees and shrubs after spring growth starts.

* Finish pruning roses and deciduous trees.

* Remove aphids from blooming bulbs with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap.

* Fertilize strawberries and asparagus.

* Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells.

* In the vegetable garden, plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers, and strawberry and rhubarb roots.

* Transplant cabbage and its close cousins – broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts – as well as lettuce (both loose leaf and head).

* Plant artichokes, asparagus and horseradish from root divisions.

* Plant potatoes from tubers and onions from sets (small bulbs). The onions will sprout quickly and can be used as green onions in March.

* From seed, plant beets, chard, lettuce, mustard, peas, radishes and turnips.

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