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Leaf season dilemma: Piles vs. parking

Fill up your green-waste bin first, Sacramento city residents, so the leaf piles don't take up all the parking space. (Photo:
Kathy Morrison)

Help your neighbors and use green-waste bins first

The biggest complaint during leaf season in Sacramento? Those street piles take up parking places.

This problem is particularly huge in neighborhoods with heavy leaf canopies, such as Midtown, Land Park, McKinley Park, College Green, River Park and Pocket/Greenhaven.

By using the weekly green-waste bins, residents can help alleviate the parking issues. Fewer piles also allow The Claw crews to complete their city rotation faster, too.

“Even in the heaviest years, if you use the container every week, it makes a huge difference,” said Erin Treadwell, spokesperson for Sacramento’s Recycling and Solid Waste Division.

In particular, “blow and go” landscapers tend to put everything in the street during leaf season,  Nov. 1 through Jan. 26. Talk to your landscapers and ask them to put the green waste in the container first, Treadwell advised.

“We did a can survey during heaviest days,” Treadwell said. “Out of 1,000 yard waste cans on a typical route, only 200 cans were set out, but the streets were crowded with leaf piles. If only half the route had used cans, it would have made a huge difference and there would be a lot more parking.”

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For week of Dec. 3:

Make the most of gaps between raindrops. This is a busy month!

* Windy conditions brought down a lot of leaves. Make sure to rake them away from storm drains.

* Use those leaves as mulch around frost-tender shrubs and new transplants.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they're dormant.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Plant one last round of spring bulbs including daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas. Get those tulips out of the refrigerator and into the ground.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers such as California poppies.

* Plant such spring bloomers as sweet pea, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Late fall is the best time to plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from fall and winter rains.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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