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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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This week's warm break will revive summer crops such as peppers and tomatoes that may still be trying to produce fruit. Pumpkins and winter squash will add weight rapidly.

Be on the lookout for powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that may be enjoying this combination of warm air and moist soil.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Plant for fall now. The warm soil will get cool-season veggies and flowers off to a fast start.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with "eyes" about an inch below the soil surface.

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