- Keep rabbits away from trees with chicken wire wrapped around trunks and stems; bury the wire 6 inches deep.
- Start vegetable seeds indoors for tomatoes, hot peppers, and eggplant. Treat gray snow mold damage by removing dead grass, raking, and lightly fertilizing.
- Prune juniper branches damaged by heavy snow; remove branches to a vertical shoot.
- Plant spring bulbs and roots; add lilies, dahlia, cannas lilies, and peonies.
- Check for the yellow-speckled or streaked grass blades that signal mites.
- Core aerate turf to reduce the risk of necrotic ring spot.
- Add animal manure to the vegetable garden only if it's been aged at least 6 months.
- Prune climbing roses to shape or remove dead canes. Plant fruit trees such as apples, plums, and sour cherries.
- Slowly acclimate vegetable transplants before planting; wait to plant until nighttime temperatures warm sufficiently.
- Spray wasp nests with permethrin if they're too close to an entryway or play area.
- Prune spring-blooming shrubs such as forsythia, honeysuckle, lilac, and weigela.
- Feed flowering and fruiting plants with a high-phosphorus fertilizer.
- Prune plantings to reduce the risk of powdery mildew.
- Control flea beetles with insecticides, Diatomaceous earth, or neem or horticultural oil.
- Keep container plants and hanging baskets well watered and fertilized to keep them blooming through the season.
- Plant morning glory seeds for a splash of color in your late summer garden.
- Be sure trees and shrubs receive adequate moisture to prevent leaf scorch.
- Watch tomato plants for signs of tomato spotted wilt virus; remove infected plants.
- Divide clumps of bearded irises after plants finish blooming by digging, cutting into leaf fans, and replanting.
- Keep picking squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, and peppers.
- Continue to deadhead annuals.
- Donate extra vegetables and herbs to a local food bank.
- Keep up with watering on all trees and shrubs.
- Plant a fall vegetable garden with cool-season vegetables such as parsnip, kale, and turnips.
- Remove and discard (don't compost) diseased plant parts.
- Pot tender cacti and succulents and bring inside for the winter.
- Whirl basil into pesto and freeze in ice cube trays for winter storage.
- Stop deadheading roses.
- Ripen green tomatoes indoors in a paper bag or make green tomato bread.
- Apply fertilizer to cool-season turf while it's still green. Plant colorful cool-weather flowers such as mums, violas, and pansies.
- Harvest and save the seeds of your favorite vegetables and flowers.
- Rake up all garden debris, especially diseased leaves.
- Use a shovel to turn under organic material, such as compost or manure, in the garden bed.
- Plant spring-blooming bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Add or replenish mulch to prevent frost heaving.
- Let birds enjoy seed-producing plants such as sunflowers and coneflowers.
- Cover tender vegetable plants at night to extend the gardening season.
- Add a top dressing of organic compost to flowerbeds.
- Use fallen leaves, pumpkins, and a homemade scarecrow for decorating.
- Water trees, shrubs, and new plantings when temps are over 40 degrees during the day.
- Pull carrots, beets, turnips, and other root vegetables after the first killing frost.
- Crush homegrown dried sage to use in Thanksgiving dressing.
- Grind dried paprika or hot peppers into powder or flakes.
- Brush heavy snows off tree limbs to keep them from breaking.
- Position colorful spotlights on ornamental grasses to add a holiday touch to the garden.
- Create a front-door wreath using dried seed heads and other natural elements from the garden.
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