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Resolve to prune, rake and plant

Use a bypass pruner such as these shears for pruning roses.
Use a bypass pruner such as these shears for pruning roses. The Sacramento Bee

Keep your resolution for a more beautiful and productive garden in 2018. Where to get started?

▪ Prune, prune, prune! This is rose-pruning season. Trim back bushes to one-half their total size.

▪ Clean up leaves and debris around fruit trees and rosebushes to prevent the spread of fungal disease.

▪ Apply oil to fruit trees soon after a rain to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective. Don’t apply on foggy days.

▪ Spray a copper-based oil on peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl.

▪ In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.

▪ Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.

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