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January weather just right for these chores

“The Claw” picks up another load of leaves from a Sacramento street. Street pick-up of “leaf season” green waste ends Jan. 31 in Sacramento.
“The Claw” picks up another load of leaves from a Sacramento street. Street pick-up of “leaf season” green waste ends Jan. 31 in Sacramento. Bee file photo

In California, gardening never stops – even in midwinter. Make the most of non-rainy January days for some garden renovation. Dormant plants now are easier to prune, divide and move while they’re “sleeping.” Maintenance and cleanup also are high priorities.

Time is running out for street collection of green waste. In the city of Sacramento, the “Claw” leaf season pickups end Jan. 31. So, get that pruning done! Other tasks that need attention:

▪ Clean up leaves and debris around fruit trees and rose bushes.

▪  Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.

▪  Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.

▪  Cut back chrysanthemums to 6 to 8 inches tall.

▪  In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.

▪ Plant bare-root roses, shrubs and fruit trees, asparagus and rhubarb.

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