After the bitter, bitter freeze a week or so ago, most if not ALL the plants and flowers from our beautiful gardens perished. When some areas dipped to the teens on the thermometer, others hoped the furnaces would operate A-Okay.To brighten your day, here are tasks now... to accomplish that you will be relieved to have done.

Tasks That You'll Thank Us Late For:

1. Journal - Honestly evaluate your garden. 

Note: What plants "Thrived"? "Which plants "Failed"? Where were the locations of these plants? Sunlight, shade, etc.

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2. Containers & Landscapes

Empty, remove and trim back. The fun may be done watering and enjoying the growth, instead of dragging your feet to clean up the "dead mess" take care now. Throwout the annuals, clip to the ground the perennials, and just be sure to double-check the "best care practices" of the perennials.

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3. Fall PLANTING

Did you know that "still-warm soil" and cool air temperatures promote healthy root growth in plants that return each year. Many stores have end-of-season sales on trees and shrubs at local nurseries (Take Advantage of The Savings!). Great time to divide or move perennials around the garden in fall too! Ideally, give the roots at least six weeks to settle into their new home before the ground freezes.

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4. Plant EARLY SPRING PERENNIALS.

Fall is the best time in many horticulturists' views to plant spring bulbs like tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and a wide variety of others you’ll find at your local garden center this time of year. Save the money now, and have beautiful flowers at the first sights of spring.

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