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August 16, 2014

Garden checklist: Clean up after fruit trees

Fallen fruit creates a haven for bad bugs and plant disease.

Don’t leave a mess; pick up after your fruit trees. Clean up debris and dropped fruit. This cuts down on insects and prevents the spread of brown rot and other diseases that can affect your crop.

After cleanup, feed fruit trees – including citrus – with slow-release fertilizer for better production next year. Make sure to water the tree deeply before applying any fertilizers.

•  Continue mulching to conserve soil moisture and cut down on weeds.

•  To prolong bloom into fall, feed begonias, fuchsias, annuals and container plants. Always water before fertilizing.

•  Fertilize fall-blooming perennials, too. Chrysanthemums can be fed until the buds start to open.

• Indoors, start seedlings for fall vegetable planting including cabbage, broccoli, kale and lettuce.

• Sow seeds of perennials in pots for fall planting including yarrow, coneflower and salvia.

• In the garden, direct seed beets, carrots, leaf lettuce and turnips. Plant potatoes for a late fall crop.

Debbie Arrington

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