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Merry Christmas! Now what?

After your real Christmas tree is done with its role as holiday centerpiece,
to recycle it via one of many options. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

After all the revelry comes the question: What to do with the tree?

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. 26.

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. 4. Note: This location also accepting trees Dec. 26-Jan. 4, 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. 4
*North Area Recovery Station, 4450 Roseville Road, North Highlands
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 4 and 5
* Kiefer Landfill, 12701 Kiefer Blvd., Sloughhouse
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 4 and 5
* Elder Creek Recovery and Transfer, 8642 Elder Creek Road, Sacramento
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4

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- Debbie Arrington


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For week of March 19:

Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:

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

* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.

* 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 fight blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.

* 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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