My Favorite Fall-Colored Landscape Shrub

There are so many landscape shrubs that brighten autumn with rich colors, that it’s hard to pick a favorite. Sumac is a classic. Viburnums are great. Shrub forms of Amur maple color up richly. But one stands out for me: burning bush. Burning bush has several other common names, including winged euonymus. When talking about…
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The Importance Of Autumn Apple Tree Sanitation

The health of next year’s apple crop begins now. An important item on the autumn to-do list is apple tree sanitation. Here’s what to do: All fallen apples should be picked up and removed as soon as they drop from the tree, or as quickly as you can. Rake up and dispose of apple leaves…
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Can We Reuse The Same Soil In Next Year’s Outdoor Planters?

Now that killing frost has blackened the plants in outdoor containers, pots and planters, it’s time once again for fall cleanup. But what do you do with the potting soil that’s in the containers? Can it be left in the pots for next spring’s planting? Used potting soil can be spread on the vegetable garden…
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Can Potted Mums Be Planted Outdoors At Season’s End?

As the old saying goes, you can hardly swing a dead fish this time of year without hitting a potted mum. They’re all over the place, and with good reason. When almost everything else is finished blooming, mums close out the gardening season in style. But after potted mums have served their purpose, can they…
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Can You Just Mow Leaves And Quit Autumn Raking?

Raking leaves in the fall makes a wonderful Norman Rockwell picture. Years ago we could rake a pile of leaves and burn them in the corner of the yard. The unforgettable autumn aroma of burning leaves made the raking labor all worthwhile. But in-town burning is heavily frowned upon nowadays, easily inviting a visit from…
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