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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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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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