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  • 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
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  • Make sure to cover tender plants when frosts are forecast. How To
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  • Order catalogs.  
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  • Thoroughly clean and oil your garden sprayer. Replace any worn out parts.  
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  • Discarded evergreen boughs make a wonderful winter mulch.  
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  • Edge garden beds.  
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  • Lawn mowers and other power equipment should receive spring maintenance before the growing season begins.  
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  • Put a note-taking station in your garden shed or garage for shopping and "To Do" lists.  
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  • Check pesticides and make sure they are stored in a secure, well-ventilated area. How To
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  • 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.  
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  • Check hoses and sprinklers for leaks; a small leak can result in great quantities of wasted water and higher utility bills.  
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  • Scout for pillbugs and earwigs and treat as necessary. How To
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  • Plan new landscape designs and this year's garden.  
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  • 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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  • 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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