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Week of October 19, 2020

Don’t cut down hydrangeas with colored flowers or they won’t bloom in the spring. You can cut off the flower heads for neatness.Don’t cut down hydrangeas with colored flowers or they won’t bloom in the spring. You can cut off the flower heads for neatness.

Start new amaryllis bulbs for holiday blooms. 

There are quite a few positive effects of plants to help breast cancer patients heal: Reducing stress and lowering blood pressure; Helping new breast cancer patients better tolerate their diagnosis and treatment; Reducing the amount of pain relievers taken after surgery; and Decreasing time patients spend in recovery, allowing them to go home sooner.

Apply a layer of well-rotted manure over rhubarb beds. 

Avoid pruning evergreen shrubs as any new growth may not harden off by winter.

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

If you must cut back your perennials for the winter, it has been suggested that the cuttings be used as mulch on garden beds so that the insects and other wildlife can complete their life cycle and emerge safely in the spring.


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