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• Monitor lawns now for grub activity and apply insecticides if damage is occurring.

• Watch for increased numbers of hummingbirds feeding in local gardens now, as they prepare for their southward migration.

• Apply no more nitrogen fertilizer to roses after mid-August.

• Prune to shape formal hedges for the last time now.

• Monitor cabbage and broccoli transplants for caterpillar damage. Eggs are laid by white butterflies flitting about the plants.

• Plant flowering kale for both its ornamental and edible qualities in the fall garden.

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