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Learn about planting trees (and maybe get some, too)

Trees at park

Trees enhance parks, golf courses, school grounds and our neighborhoods. Watch foresters at work at the Cordova Golf Course this Saturday during
a Sacramento Tree Foundation Zoom event.(Photo: Kathy Morrison)

SacTree offers two tree-planting events -- one virtual, one hands-on

October is a great time for tree planting. With social distancing in mind, the Sacramento Tree Foundation plans to make the most of this ideal planting weather with two upcoming events that benefit Sacramento area neighborhoods.

This Saturday, participants can learn a lot about tree planting without getting their hands dirty.

At 1 p.m. Oct. 17, the foundation will host “Trees for the Tees!” – an online presentation focused on SacTree’s efforts at Cordova Golf Course in Rosemont. Via Facebook Live or Zoom, watch expert foresters at work, planting new trees along the golf course.

“In partnership with Cordova Recreation and Park District, Sacramento County, and SMUD, we will be adding more shade to the Cordova Golf Course links!” according to SacTree’s website. “Tune in on Facebook Live or Zoom to get an exclusive look at the first of the new trees going in.

"We will be hearing from Cordova Golf Course about some of the issues that face trees in this region and our Expert Forester about tree care and species selection in drought prone areas, followed by a Q&A for those who join us through Zoom.”

Residents in Sacramento’s Hollywood Park neighborhood will get a more hands-on experience – and the opportunity to get new trees for their own landscapes.

Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, SacTree will host a “CommuniTree Planting” along with the Hollywood Park Neighborhood Association. It’s a neighborhood-wide tree-planting day with residents invited to pitch in.

“We've been getting ready by removing stumps free of charge to make room for shade trees and helping residents choose new trees to plant,” says SacTree. “Soon we'll deliver those trees, loan tools, and provide virtual planting support while neighbors plant trees.”

To learn more about either event or sign up, visit .


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For week of March 26:

Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:

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

* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.

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

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to help corral blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.

To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.

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

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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