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Things to do in the garden this week

Things to do in the garden this week

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winter aconite

Winter aconite

Continue mowing lawns until growth stops. Lower mower cutting height by ½ inch with each successive mowing at this time until a final height of 1.5 to 2 inches is achieved.

Spreading a thin ¼- to ½-inch layer of screened compost after the lawn is aerated is a sound practice at this time of year.

Apply lime now to garden beds and turf areas, but only if a soil test indicates the need.

Continue planting daffodils, tulips and other spring bulbs while soils remain unfrozen.

Plant small bulbs such as snowdrops, winter aconite, squill and glory-of-the-snow among shade-loving perennials. The drying leaves of these early bloomers will be hidden by the rapid growth of the perennials’ foliage in spring.

Harvest mature green tomatoes before frost. Storing them in a warm, dark spot will promote faster ripening.

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