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Fall Clean-up

       First and foremost, cleanup and throw away any diseased plant material. Leaving diseased plant material on your plants or on the grounds provides a source for re-infection for next year.         Continue to rake leaves off the lawn.  Consider using raked fallen leaves as mulch around trees, shrubs or in flowerbeds.  Shredded leaves break down quicker and don’t blow around as much.  You can run your lawn mower over leaves to shred them before putting them in your flowerbeds.  Also consider placing shredded leaves in your compost pile or using a mulching bladed to chop leaves up and re-distribute them back onto your lawn.          Leaves aren’t the only things that can go in a compost pile.  As you cut back perennials and pile up other non-diseased garden refuse in preparation for the winter, return that bounty to your garden in the form of compost.  Compost is nature’s favorite fertilizer and soil conditioner. For information on how to compost: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/pdf/ag-467.pdf         A couple reminders: make sure pesticides are properly stored for the winter (follow label instructions).  An insulated building is enough for most pesticides, but a few should stay above freezing. Run all the gas out of small engines before storing for the winter as this will keep deposits from forming in the carburetor and will prevent hassles next spring.

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