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Week of November 30, 2020

Clearly mark driveways and paths to curb lawn damage from snow removal equipment.Clearly mark driveways and paths to curb lawn damage from snow removal equipment.

Don’t waste the autumn harvest. Stored produce loses quality with time.

No plant is 100% deer proof but American holly (Ilex opaca) is rarely damaged by deer.

If the landscape is starving for some beautiful winter interest, consider adding ‘Blue Star’ Singleseed Juniper (Juniperus Squamata ‘Blue Star’). A dwarf form with silvery blue, needle-like foliage in a mounded form, it is great as an addition to the landscape border or rock garden. Thriving in full sun, blue star will grow one to three feet tall and wide. It is hardy in zones 4-8.

Bear in mind landscape proportions; huge trees will dwarf a small house.

Microgreens or sprouts are an easy kitchen counter crop.

After buying the Christmas tree, store it in a shady, cool place outdoors. Once you are ready to bring it indoors and set it up, cut an inch off the trunk to expose fresh wood. Immediately immerse the tree in warm water when placing it in the tree stand without letting it dry out. Decorate and enjoy!


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