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Merry Christmas! (Now what to do about that tree?)

Sacramento offers options for pick-up and drop-off

Top of Christmas tree with angel
As lovely as a real tree is for Christmas, it does
need to be disposed of after the holidays.
Recycling or composting is best. (Photo:
Kathy Morrison)

Is your Christmas tree (almost) ready for recycling?

The City of Sacramento makes Christmas tree recycling relatively easy. Real trees (not the fake kind) are considered green waste and can be added to the street leaf piles out front. Last pick-up is Jan. 24.

Or the tree can be cut up and put into the green waste container. (Make sure the lid can still close.)

Before putting the tree in the street or the waste container, remove any tinsel or other decorations, tree stands, lights or nails. Flocked trees will be accepted.

In addition to tree pick-up, Sacramento offers tree recycling drop-off locations, specifically for business and residents that don’t get street service. The trees are turned into mulch.

The dates, times and locations for those free drop-off events:

* Sacramento Recycling and Transfer Station, 8491 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento
8 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9
Note: This location also accepting trees Dec. 26-Jan. 9, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* SMUD Corporation Yard, 6100 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9
*North Area Recovery Station, 4450 Roseville Road, North Highlands
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 9 and 10
* Kiefer Landfill, 12701 Kiefer Blvd., Sloughhouse
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 9 and 10
* Elder Creek Recovery and Transfer, 8642 Elder Creek Road, Sacramento
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9

For more details: .

- Debbie Arrington


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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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