It might be a bit late to plant some of these gorgeous trees, but in Honor of fall, here are 5 trees that will claim center stage each Autumn.
1) Japanese Maple – (Maroon to Orange) – these slow-growing beauties reach 15 to 25 feet tall and are great planted alone or in groups. Songbirds, squirrels and chipmunks love these seeds.
2) Vine Maple – (Yellow, Orange, Red) – the unusual arching/twisting branches provide year-round interest and curb appear to your home. These 15 foot trees are good for urban gardens and large containers; usually pest and disease free.
3) Winterthur – (Maroon to Red-Purple) – the Winterthur is a versatile 6 to 10 foot tree; good as an accent, foundation, border, or street-side planting
4) Paper Birch – (Bright Yellow) – these gigantic 50-70 foot tall birch trees grow vibrant yellow leaves in the autumn. When young, stems appear dark red then turn creamy white on mature trunks. Fun fact, you can also tap the trunk in spring for sap you can make into beer, syrup and vinegar.
5) Sugar Maple – (Red, Orange, Gold) – similar to the Paper Birch, the Sugar Maple can reach incredible heights of 60 to 75 feet. These tall beautiful trees are long living and provide shade from its dense crown.
The “Tribute in Light” memorial is in remembrance of the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
The two towers of light are composed of two banks of high wattage spotlights that point straight up from a lot next to Ground Zero. This photo was taken from Liberty State Park, N.J., Sept. 11, the five-year anniversary of 9/11. (U.S. Air Force photo/Denise Gould)
Gearing up for Labor Day weekend and have zero plans?
Check out the local events below!
GOLD RUSH DAYS — SACRAMENTO
Saturday, September 2 – Monday, September 4, 2017
Step back in time with Gold Rush Days in Old Sacramento, an annual festival that transforms the 28-acre historic district into a scene from the 1850s. You’ll mingle with costumed performers portraying historical figures, personalities and everyday townspeople, bringing history to life in a tangible way. Visit Tent City, a recreation of town life including saloons, a gambling tent, doctors, etc. You can also go gold panning, travel through Artisan Alley, and hear live music from old-timey musicians performing on multiple stages. This will be a unique and authentic experience you won’t want to miss this Labor Day weekend!
SACRAMENTO GREEK FESTIVAL – SACRAMENTO
Friday, September 1, 2017 – Sunday, September 3, 2017
The 53rd annual Sacramento Greek Festival is back with the culture, food, and traditions of Greece and Greek Americans. Volunteers will serve authentic and homemade Mediterranean food at this village-style and family-friendly festival experience.
CHALK IT UP! — SACRAMENTO
Saturday, September 2, 2017 – Monday, September 4, 2017
Chalk It Up! is an annual art and music festival that has brought color to the streets of Sacramento’s Fremont Park each Labor Day weekend since 1992. Throughout the festival, you’ll find gorgeous and innovative chalk murals created by artists and sponsored by various businesses. Your attendance to this weekend-long festival supports the charitable organization created to benefit children’s art education programs as they foster a sense of community through art.
Hallelujah! Summer is coming to an end and the kids are back in school, leaving you much more time to tackle projects put on the back burner. But before you get out the spackle and paint, think about the changing weather and prioritize.
Consider these 10 Fall Maintenance Items that promise to make winter more pleasant and prevent some nasty surprises when spring comes around.
1) Stabilize Gas when Stowing Your Mower
When your mower sits unused for months with gas in its tank, the gas will slowly deteriorate and damage the internal parts of the mower. To prevent this and keep idle gas in good condition over the winter, add fuel stabilizer to your gasoline and run the mower for approximately 5 minutes to be sure the stabilizer reaches the internal components. Another option you have is to run your mower dry before stowing it.
2) Remove Garden Hoses from Outdoor Faucets
Winter in Sacramento is no stranger to freezing temperatures, especially at night. Before the weather gets too cool, remove garden hoses from outdoor faucets to prevent water from backing up in the faucets and plumbing pipes inside the exterior walls. The cold weather can freeze the sitting water, thus expanding and cracking the faucet and pipes.
3) Drain Your Irrigation System
Piggybacking off of checklist item 2, water can freeze, expand and crack other stuff around your property. Buried irrigation lines with water sitting inside can freeze, leading to busted pipes and broken sprinkler heads to take care of in the Spring. If your don’t have drain valves, hire in irrigation professional to blow out the pipes with compressed air.
4) Seal the Exterior
Its amazing what just a little caulking can do. Seal up cracks between trim and siding, windows and door frames and where pipes and wires enter your house. This prevents moisture from getting inside and air from leaking outside. Be sure to caulk on a day where temperatures are above 50 degrees, so the caulk flows easily out of the tube.
5) Clean Your Gutters
Clogged gutters can lead to trapped water, sagging and ice dams. Remove leaves, twigs and gunk; tighten gutter hangers and downspout brackets; and replace any worn or damaged gutters and downspouts.
6) Inspect Your Roof
Eyeball your roof to look for warning signs, including shingles that are buckled, cracked or missing, rust spots on flashing and black algae stains. Masses of moss and lichen is a big warning sign that the roofing is possibly decaying underneath. You should also immediately replace any loose, damaged or missing shingles.
7) Direct your Drainage
Make sure waste water is draining away from your foundation to prevent cracks and leaks from happening. A good rule of thumb is to make sure your soil slopes away from your house at least 6 vertical inches over 10 feet.
8) Check / Tune Up Your Furnace
Before you start using your furnace religiously, schedule an appointment with a heating and cooling professional to get your furnace inspected. The furnace filters should also be replaced.
9) Prune Plants
In order to prevent moisture from dripping onto roofing and siding, trim limbs and branches at least 3 feet from your house. Pruning will help remove dead and diseased wood to keep plants healthy with good air circulation.
10) Give Your Fireplace a Once-Over
Before heavy use, take a flashlight and look up inside your fireplace to make sure the damper opens and closes properly. It is not uncommon to see birds’ nests, branches, leaves and other obstructions blocking air from getting out of the top of the chimney. Also, be sure to check for cracked or missing bricks and mortar.