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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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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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