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Smoke cancels Historic City Cemetery events

The Historic City Cemetery tours will resume in the new year.
(Photo courtesy Old City Cemetery Committee)

World War II, rose garden tours won't be rescheduled

Wildfire smog continues to affect outdoor activities in Sacramento. That includes this weekend’s public events at the Historic City Cemetery, bringing an early end to its tour season.

After one postponement, Sunday’s Veterans of World War II commemoration – originally scheduled for Veterans Day – as well as Saturday’s popular “Fall Color in the Rose Garden” tour have been canceled.

According to the Sacramento Region air quality districts, Thursday’s particulate matter in Sacramento measured 314 on the Air Quality Index; that’s hazardous to everyone. Friday’s forecast was for 195, still in the unhealthy range, although many in the city woke up to continued hazardous particulate levels.

“Due to the ongoing bad air quality, all tours scheduled for this weekend at the Historic City Cemetery have been canceled,” according to a Friday morning statement from the cemetery’s tour committee. “These were the last scheduled tours for 2018. We'll be back in 2019 with more tours and adventures in the Cemetery.

“Again, we're sorry, but we are sure you understand,” the committee added. “Thank you for all of your support!”

When the smoke clears, visitors are welcome to take self-guided tours of the cemetery and its gardens. Located at 1000 Broadway, the cemetery is open free to the public from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.



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For week of March 26:

Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:

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

* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.

* 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 help corral blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.

To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.

* 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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