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Week of October 18, 2021

Mow over raked leaves before adding to the compost pile to help them break down faster.Mow over raked leaves before adding to the compost pile to help them break down faster.

Do not use the stems and berries of invasive Oriental bittersweet for wreaths. Dispose of bittersweet by putting into the trash to be sure it doesn’t spread.

Scrub the birdbath with a solution of nine parts water, one part vinegar.

Use a small soft brush (not a damp sponge) to dust cactus stems, spines and thorns.

Start new amaryllis bulbs for holiday blooms.

Dig and store dahlias, gladioli, cannas and other tender “bulbs.” 

Consider ‘Abundance,’ ‘General Sikorski,’ ‘Polish Spirit’ or ‘Viola’ as a beautiful clematis to combine with a rose in the garden for a lovely display of color.


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