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Want Shade? Plant a Tree

Want Shade? Plant a Tree

Want more shade next summer — and a cooler home? Plant a tree.

Fall is an ideal time to plant shade trees. The cooler weather and early rain help young trees put down roots and get off to a strong start.

The Sacramento Tree Foundation and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District offer free trees through their Sacramento Shade program. Mature trees can cut home cooling costs during hot summer months by as much as 60 percent.

Winner of the Chickeny Giveaway

Winner of the Chickeny Giveaway

Congratulations, Nancy Murphy, of Pine Haven Resorts In Hatfield, WI. She wins this first prize in our Geno's Garden Blogaversary Giveaway Month: 

Love roses?

Love roses?

Love roses or just working with plants but have no flower bed or garden? Historic City Cemetery (10th & Broadway in Sacramento) invites West Sac residents to help tidy up its renowned heirloom rose garden Aug. 5.

Old City Cemetery spokesman Dennis Gunvalson says volunteers are needed to tidy up the treasured rose garden at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, first meeting at the cemetery's 10th Street gate.

The cemetery has many notables, both people and plants, and the rose garden has lovely vintage varieties.

For more information or directions to the cemetery, call 448-0811, or go to www.oldcitycemetery.com.

E-mail Carol Bogart with news and events interesting to West Sac residents at 3bogart@gmail.com.

  

Tour the Trees of McKinley Park

Tour the Trees of McKinley Park

Join the Sacramento Tree Foundation for a tree tour of Sacramento’s beloved McKinley Park. The tours will begin near the Shepard Garden and Art Center parking lot. The tours will be lead by a Certified Arborist. 

Participants are encouraged to bring a tablet or smartphone and will be shown how to identify trees, edit data, and a lot more using GreenprintMaps.  Digital technology is not required to enjoy the trees and the tour.

Tour Begins/Ends: Shepard Garden and Art Center: 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento 95816

Tour dates:

Tuesday, July 30, 6:30-8:00pm.

Tuesday, August 20, 6:30-8:00pm.

Monday, September 23, 6:00-7:30pm.

Visit www.sactree.com/events for more information and to register.

Mulch Madness returns to McKinley Park

Mulch Madness returns to McKinley Park

Grab your wheelbarrow and join the after-work mulching party at McKinley Park. Volunteers are needed to help care for the park by applying mulch rings around the park trees. If you don’t have a wheelbarrow, just show up! The Sacramento Tree Foundation will have extra wheelbarrows, gloves and rakes.

Monday, July 15, 6:30-8:00pm  –  Meet near the Pond

Monday, August 12, 6:30-8:00pm. –  Meet near the basketball court

Monday, September 9, 6:00-8:00pm.  –  Meet near the Shepard Garden and Art Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd.

Mulch Madness! is supported by the City of Sacramento Parks and Recreation Department and the Sacramento Tree Foundation.  Mulch is provided by the City of Sacramento Urban Forestry Service.

Visit www.sactree.com/events for more information and to register.

Volunteers needed to Transform Grant High: July 24-27

Volunteers needed to Transform Grant High: July 24-27

The Sacramento Tree Foundation is looking for 250 volunteers during the week of July 24-27 to participate in their largest planting event of the year.

This summer, Grant High is undertaking a massive makeover. For years students have walked along the barren pathway that connects Grant High School main campus to the West Campus.  During warm months it's a sweltering trek and during wet months a long dash for shelter.  During the week of July 24th-27th all of that will change with a massive overhaul and planting party.

The project was conceived and planned by students from the GEO Environmental Science and Design Academy at Grant High School working in partnership with UC Davis Landscape Architecture students.  Their plan includes replacing asphalt with permeable pavement and installing vegetated bioswales to recharge groundwater and filter storm water run-off.

Dispose of Fireworks Safely – Collection Services Will Occur on July 4

Dispose of Fireworks Safely – Collection Services Will Occur on July 4

The City of Sacramento Recycling and Solid Waste Division urges customers to dispose of spent fireworks safely.  All used fireworks should be fully extinguished, doused with water and bagged.  Spent fireworks should be placed in garbage containers, they are not recyclable.

Collection Service on Holidays

Garbage, yard waste and A-week recycle collection will occur on July 4 for customers who have Thursday as their collection day.  Containers should be placed at the curb by 6 a.m. on Thursday, July 4, 2013.