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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.  
  • Clean greenhouse glass in the fall.  
  • Thoroughly clean and oil your garden sprayer. Replace any worn out parts.  
  • Edge garden beds.  
  • Save excess seed for next year. How To
  • 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.  
  • Scout for pillbugs and earwigs and treat as necessary. How To
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