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Goodbye, Claw! Leaf season almost over

The Claw is still working, but just until Jan. 26. (Photo courtesy City of Sacramento)

Sacramento street pick-up schedule ends Jan. 26

Better get those piles moving and the Christmas tree out the door; the Claw is almost gone.

Sacramento’s leaf season with street pick-up of yard waste ends Jan. 26. That’s the last date to put out yard waste, tree trimmings, rose prunings, leaves and Christmas trees to be scooped up by the Claw.

Residents can get a pick-up estimate via the city’s Leaf Season webpage at: . On the SacRecycle collection calendar link, insert your address and get a target date for your street, within three days. The Claw schedule is updated twice daily with crews out Monday through Saturday.

Piles should be no more than 4 feet by 4 feet by 9 feet; that’s about five cubic yards. Tree limbs should be trimmed to 3 feet or less in length. (Same goes for the Christmas tree.)

Make sure there’s room enough next to the curb for rainwater to flow. Piles should not be put in plastic bags. And please no dog poop, says the city; that can contaminate the entire load.

Miss the Claw deadline? City residents can arrange for special pick-up of tree trimmings and other waste.

For more tips: and follow links to “Leaf Season.”


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For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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