Christmas tree recycling — Sedgwick County’s Christmas-tree recycling program is already in operation for people who are going out of town for the holidays and don’t want to come home to a crispy tree. The program runs through Jan. 16. Remove all lights and decorations before leaving your tree at one of the sites, where the trees are chipped for mulch. The mulch is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Here are the locations:
Boston Park, 6655 E. Zimmerly
Buffalo Park, 10209 Hardtner
College Hill United Methodist Church, First and Erie
Earhart Environmental Magnet School, 4401 N. Arkansas
Edgemoor Park, 5815 E. Ninth St.
Extension Center, 7001 W. 21st St.
Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th St. North
Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 Museum Blvd.
Osage Park, 2121 W. 31st St. South
South Linwood Park, Hydraulic and Mount Vernon
Elsewhere in Sedgwick County:
Cheney, East South Avenue and Garfield
Clearwater, Aquatic Center parking lot
Colwich, 115 N. 3rd St.
Derby, 2801 E. James (northwest corner of High Park)
Garden Plain, at the water tower
Goddard, Means Park
Kechi, 107 Sioux St.
Maize, 201 S. Park
Mount Hope, 400 S. Thomas
Mulvane, 117 E. Main St.
Park City, 6801 N. Hydraulic
Valley Center, Veterans Park.
These areas are offering their own recycling programs:
Haysville, north of public works facility, 401 S. Jane
Andover, Central Park, north of compost bin, 1607 E. Central (Dec. 26 through Jan. 15)
Newton, Harvey County rodeo grounds, 700 W. 1st St. (starting Jan. 2)
Butler County: Butler County landfill, 2963 Southwest 40th St., El Dorado, open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday; free.
Dormant seeding of grass — After winter-type weather took out some of the late-seeded lawns in the Wichita area in the fall, it seems a little strange to mention this, but it’s true: You can put down fescue seed during the winter to help fill in bare spots. Germination won’t take place from December to February, but if there is good seed-soil contact, the seed will stay in place, ready to germinate at the earliest warm moment in the spring. Here’s how to do dormant seeding, according to K-State horticulturist Ward Upham:
Wait until there has been a light snowfall, so that you can still see bare spots, and spread the seed by hand. As the snow melts, it will pull the seed into the soil.
When moist soil freezes and thaws, small pockets form on the wet, bare soil that are ideal for catching and holding seed. If you put seed on the wet soil before it freezes, as the soil dries, the pockets collapse and cover the seed.
If the soil is dry enough and unfrozen, you can core-aerate, verticut or hand-rake the soil and and broadcast the seed immediately after.
This seeding will limit the herbicides you can use on the lawn, Upham says. Tupersan (siduron) can be used as a crabgrass preventer even before the new grass comes up; dithiopyr, in Hi-Yield Turf and Ornamental Weed and Grass Stopper, can be used two weeks after germination. Dithiopyr is longer-lasting and more effective than siduron. The lawn has to be well established before other pre-emergence herbicides can be used, Upham says.
Indoor farmers market — The Kansas Grown Farmers Market will have an indoor market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, in the Extension Center at 21st and Ridge Road. Vendors will be selling items including meats (bison, beef, chicken and pork), fresh produce, jams, jellies, salsa, honey, baked goods including gluten-free items, handmade gifts and garments, wood crafts and herb plants. Admission is free.