Garden | From page 48
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stagger their bloom time so that you can have fresh flowers from March through May. Clever ideas for free plants. There are lots of shrubs that by forcing a branch down into the soil will take root by spring. These newly created offshoots are perfect as free plants or gifts. This technique works well on the bottom branches of spirea, chaste tree, hydrangea, climbing roses, forsythia, rhododendron, quince honeysuckle, boxwood, azalea and even clematis; all will root once buried in dirt. When carefully extracted from the soil, there will be plenty of roots to replant in a new spot. Mulch, mulch, mulch. Mulch is everyone’s friend in the garden because of how well it protects plants. Plant trees. Make sure new trees get plenty of water, but don’t fertilize them until spring. Cut back and collect seeds. Yes, cut all plants back and use the time to collect seeds for next year. When you cut all the dead growth, it rejuvenates plants and makes them healthier for |the next year.
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9. Spread your leaves. Leaves don’t belong in bags; they belong in plant beds. A leaf shredder — shredding leaves and putting them in beds — will be a gift to your soil. 10. Protect your plants. If you are going to the trouble of planting a tree, you need to complete the final step by putting wire around it and saving it from the deer. 11. Weed control. Pulling now will save you time come spring.
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12. Protect your property from invasive vines, plants, trees and shrubs. They spread easily and efficiently, usually by wind, water or animals. They grow rapidly, allowing them to displace slower growing native plants. Don’t use chemicals, but do pull them out. Happy fall gardening! ML On p. 48, top: Magnolia seed pods in November. On p. 48, below: Autumnal contemplation. Above: Autumn tranquility.
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