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Time to think about recycling your Christmas tree

Sacramento City, County offer options to turn trees into mulch

Even if you're not ready to un-decorate your tree, think about how and where to recycle it.

Even if you're not ready to un-decorate your tree, think about how and where to recycle it. Kathy Morrison

Happy Boxing Day! Are you ready to box up your Christmas decorations – and deal with the tree?

Living Christmas trees – those in pots with roots – should get back outdoors ASAP. They need sun, water and air. Conifers don’t make good houseplants.

Real Christmas trees – once living, but by now pretty dead – can be recycled. The City of Sacramento as well as Sacramento County turn old trees into mulch.

For Sacramento residents with curbside trash pick-up, trees can be left in the street or cut up and placed in the green waste container. “The Claw” will pick up trees through Jan. 23. Please keep trees out of bikes lanes and away from storm drains, the city says.

Flocked trees will be accepted. Please remove all tinsel, decorations, lights, nails or tree stands.

In addition, several free drop-off events are scheduled:

-- 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7; SMUD Corporation Yard, 6100 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento. Get your tree mulched for free and take home the mulch to use in your garden. Bring large trash bags or containers to cart home the mulch.

-- 8 a.m.-6 p.m Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 7 and 8; North Area Recovery Station, 4450 Roseville Road, North Highlands.

-- 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 7 and 8; Kiefer Landfill, 12701 Kiefer Blvd., Rancho Cordova. Directions: From Jackson Highway, go north on Grant Line, then right on Kiefer Boulevard.

-- 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7; Elder Creek Recovery and Transfer, 8642 Elder Creek Road, Sacramento. Directions: From Jackson Highway, go south on Florin Perkins Road, then left on Elder Creek Road.

-- 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7; Sacramento Recycling & Transfer Station, 8491 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento. This site is also accepting trees weekdays through Jan. 7. Directions: From Jackson Highway, go south on Florin Perkins Road, then right on Fruitridge Road.

-- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7; Dan Russell Rodeo Arena, Rodeo Park, end of Stafford Street, Folsom.

For more details: https://bit.ly/3YSEqQP

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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.

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