It's all about maintenance this month.
Cleaning and Planting Fall Garden
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Don't let the Christmas displays fool you. There is still plenty to do in your garden. Skip the big-box stores and head to your local garden center to pick up some spring bulbs and your favorite seeds.


If you're sick of being told, "It's too hot to plant or transplant trees and shrubs," rejoice! The weather is just perfect now. Be sure to water after planting. You can also set out spring bulbs. Use colored golf tees as markers to remember where you put the bulbs and what colors the flowers will be.


Gardening is one hobby in which you divide to multiply. Now is a good time to split up your favorite perennials. Use a shovel or trowel to lift a clump from the ground, and divide it into smaller clumps. Replant them at the same depth at which the original clump grew. Easy perennials to divide now are agapanthus, aster, bearded iris, bee balm, beard tongue, black-eyed Susan, cardinal flower, daylily, hollyhock, dianthus, hosta, mums, purple coneflower, red-hot poker, summer phlox, and yarrow.


Remove all dead stems, leaves, and flowers from the garden, and toss them in the compost pile. This will get rid of overwintering insects and fungi, reducing pest problems next year. It also turns the detritus into organic matter for your garden.

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Don't pay for new seeds next year when you can save seeds from your favorite flowers and veggies now before they drop. Store them in a cool, dry place; glass jars are ideal. But keep in mind that saved seeds don't always look and grow like their parents.


Forgot to fertilize your bluegrass or fescue lawn in October? Do so now before it's too late. Fall feeding is very important. Do not fertilize warm-season lawns like Bermuda or zoysia until spring.