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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.”

For more on leaf season and street pile rules, got to
www.cityofsacramento.org .

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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.

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