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Winter Garden Chores

Winter is a great season to carry out a number of gardening tasks. This is a good time to prune deciduous plants, grasses, and some perennials. Clean garden structures by scrubbing them or pressure-washing them.

Pull up and compost dead plants from your fall vegetable garden. Renovate your beds by adding lots of organic matter and tilling the soil to a depth of at least six inches. Pull up any weeds and refresh mulch around existing plantings.

Rake up leaves, or if you have a mulching mower with a bag, mow the leaves and dump the clippings on your flower beds as mulch or add them to your compost pile. Wait until spring to fertilize your lawn and landscape, and adjust irrigation to reflect the plants' lower water needs.

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