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Week of October 11, 2021

Lime can be applied to lawns any time that the soil is not frozen. Lime can be applied to lawns any time that the soil is not frozen.

Consider planting scilla tubergeniana bulbs this fall for a beautiful early-spring display in the landscape. Growing just 6” tall, the flowers are light blue with darker petal stripes. Plant them under deciduous trees where they will receive plenty of sunshine prior to the leaves appearing. Plant the bulbs 3”-4” deep and 2”-3” apart. The foliage will disappear as summer approaches. Plants will spread by offsets and self-seeding. Scilla tubergeniana are hardy in zones 4-8.

Let stones and soil in a new rock garden settles before spring planting.

It’s a good time to transplant ferns.

Bigger is better—planting larger garlic clover yields bigger garlic heads next summer.

A wooly bear’s color depends on how long it’s been feeding, it’s age, and species.

Consider cutting hydrangeas that have dried and bringing them into the house.


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