Magazine article Sunset


Magazine article Sunset


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"Use New Mexican privet to create a pretty screen, or train it as a small multitrunked tree."

Clean up flower beds by cutting stems down to within 6 to 8 inches of the ground. But leave attractive seed heads of balloon flower (Platyeodon grandifloras), butterfly weed (Asclépios tuberosa), false indigo (Bapiisla), Joe-Pye weed, tall sedums, and statice in place.

Prune dead and broken branches from shrubs and trees. Hire an arborist if the job is too big.

Empty out spent containers, toss dead annuals and rootballs into the compost pile, and spread any loose potting soil several inches deep over your vegetable or flower gardens. (Used potting mixes containing coir, composted forest products, peat moss, perlite, pumice, sphagnum, or vermiculite make great soil amendments.)


Cover culinary herbs like parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, and winter savory with frost cloth or evergreen boughs to keep their leaves undamaged and ready to use for most of the winter.

Sweep up fallen fruit from crabapples and hawthorns to prevent a slippery mess on sidewalks and driveways.

Bring resin, ceramic, and handpainted garden art and accessories inside to prevent damage from frosts and freezing. …

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