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Finish pruning spring-flowering shrubs as soon as possible to allow plenty of time for late growth to set flower buds for next year.

Plant tropical water lilies in outdoor pools when water temperatures rise above 70 degrees.

Apply a balanced fertilizer to roses as the spring flush of blooms starts to go by.

Fertilize asparagus at the rate of 2 pounds of 12-12-12 or similar formulation for each 100 square feet to encourage vigorous fern growth in summer.

Plant pumpkins now to have jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween.

Japanese beetles will be active soon in local gardens. Find control tips at

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