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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
  • Order catalogs.  
  • Thoroughly clean and oil your garden sprayer. Replace any worn out parts.  
  • Discarded evergreen boughs make a wonderful winter mulch.  
  • Edge garden beds.  
  • 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.  
  • 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.  
  • Check hoses and sprinklers for leaks; a small leak can result in great quantities of wasted water and higher utility bills.  
  • Plan new landscape designs and this year's garden.  
  • Winter is a perfect time to sit down with a good garden book and sharpen your gardening skills.  
  • Trees and shrubs in containers need to be repotted or root pruned every three to five years in the spring.  
  • Trees and shrubs in containers need to be top-dressed each spring before new growth starts.  
  • Mulch garden beds two to three inches deep with an organic mulch. How To
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