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Care Tasks
  • Once frost has arrived, empty out clay containers into the compost pile, and store them in the basement or garage to keep clay from cracking.  
  • Make sure to cover tender plants when frosts are forecast. How To
  • Clean up and compost debris from beds. However, any material from diseased plants should be destroyed so that the disease doesn't winter over in the garden to reinfect plants next year.  
  • Clean, sharpen, and oil tools before storing them this fall. Sand wooden handles, and paint them a bright color to prevent them from drying out and to make them easier to see when laid down in the lawn or garden.  
  • Drain and store hoses for the winter.  
  • Order catalogs.  
  • Clean greenhouse glass in the fall.  
  • Thoroughly clean and oil your garden sprayer. Replace any worn out parts.  
  • Discarded evergreen boughs make a wonderful winter mulch.  
  • Save excess seed for next year. How To
  • Check pesticides and make sure they are stored in a secure, well-ventilated area. How To
  • 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.  
  • Scout for pillbugs and earwigs and treat as necessary. How To
  • Plan new landscape designs and this year's garden.  
  • As fall clean-up time approaches, start a compost bin. Once composted, debris can become a rich soil additive for your garden.  
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