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How Does Your Garden Grow?
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How does your Garden Grow?
Wednesday, December 3, 2008 • Posted December 2, 2008 10:00 PM

We hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Did you make it downtown to visit the shops and enjoy the lights Friday night? It was worth the hours of labor, the food, drinks, music and lights.

Have you begun cutting back the plants that are damaged due to the light freezes? Cut back damaged foliage and then mulch and replant with winter color. Such plants as pansies, snapdragons, larkspur, flowering kale, cabbage and dianthus. Keep the flowers watered and fertilizes. Watch for new foliage on transplants being devoured by pill bugs and slugs. Use a Sevin dust or bait until the plants have grown larger.

If you want to plant rye grass, this is the time, but it will need to be watered to germinate and grow.

Leaves are a great mulch for trees and shrubs, but don’t allow the leaves to accumulate on the lawn. Packed leaves can damage the lawn. Rake them up or use a mulching mower-or a bagger mower to pick up the leaves. Add the leaves to the compost pile or garden area. Continue to dig and replant perennials, trees and shrubs.

Plan to add to your landscape as you choose your Christmas tree for the holidays. There are many varieties of trees that can be decorated and used for your Christmas tree. Keep it watered and away from drafts and heat. Set the potted tree in a larger saucer or container to water, and water from the bottom. Don’t let it sit in the water after it is completely wet, so leave the bucket open enough to water the tree. After Christmas, use it as a patio plant or plant it in your landscape.

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