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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
  • Edge garden beds.  
  • Save excess seed for next year. How To
  • 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.  
  • Spray kudzu with an herbicide, or mow all foliage.  
  • Scout for pillbugs and earwigs and treat as necessary. How To
  • As fall clean-up time approaches, start a compost bin. Once composted, debris can become a rich soil additive for your garden.  
  • To reduce mosquito populations, make sure bird baths and pet bowls are changed frequently. Mostquito larvae in garden ponds can be controlled with cakes of Bacillus thuringensis or by introducing populations of damselfly and dragonfly.  
  • Many watering recommendations mention plants receiving one inch of water a week. Put a rain gauge in your garden to help measure this.  
  • Attractive pails or baskets placed around the garden make handy places to dispose of the results of quick deadheading, weeding, and cleaning sessions. These can be emptied when you have time.  
  • Turn new clay pots upside down, and use them as pedestals for already mossy pots. The moss will spread more quickly, and turn the new pot into an attractively aged one.  
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