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Care Tasks
  • Before you work in your garden, make sure the soil is dry enough to crumble in your hand. If it's too wet, wait for it to dry out. How To
  • Make sure to cover tender plants when frosts are forecast. How To
  • Thoroughly clean and oil your garden sprayer. Replace any worn out parts.  
  • Edge garden beds.  
  • Save excess seed for next year. How To
  • Lawn mowers and other power equipment should receive spring maintenance before the growing season begins.  
  • Put a note-taking station in your garden shed or garage for shopping and "To Do" lists.  
  • A cool, wet hand towel or bandana draped over the back of the neck will provide some relief during hot weather. Remember to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen!  
  • Check pesticides and make sure they are stored in a secure, well-ventilated area. How To
  • Before going on vacation, make any last minute insecticide or fungicide treatments, weed garden beds, and arrange for someone to water.  
  • Give your garden year round interest. Visit local gardens and observe the winter habits of trees, shrubs and perennials, noting your favorites for future planting projects.  
  • Spray kudzu with an herbicide, or mow all foliage.  
  • Check hoses and sprinklers for leaks; a small leak can result in great quantities of wasted water and higher utility bills.  
  • Scout for pillbugs and earwigs and treat as necessary. How To
  • Plan new landscape designs and this year's garden.  
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