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Community Gardening

• Plant container-grown and balled-and-burlapped trees and shrubs any time this month. Dig holes only as deep as the root ball is tall, but two to five times as wide to encourage lateral root spread.

• Gain a few degrees of frost protection by covering tender plants with sheets of lightweight fabric row covers.

• Watering plants the day before a frost is predicted can help reduce damage.

• Browning of some interior needles of pines and other conifers is normal at this time of year.

• Apply weather stripping to cracks in foundations and basements, openings around windows and doorways, and along the bottom strip of exterior siding to seal off entry points to keep nuisance insects from coming indoors.

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