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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:
http://www.cityofsacramento.org/Public-Works/RSW/Collection-Services/Yard-Waste/Leaf-Season . 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: www.cityofsacramento.org and follow links to “Leaf Season.”

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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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