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Don’t give late mosquitoes a break

Mosquitoes are looking for places to breed, such as puddles that accumulate in saucers under potted plants.
Mosquitoes are looking for places to breed, such as puddles that accumulate in saucers under potted plants. Bigstock

Are mosquitoes bugging you? They may seem out of season, but warm autumn weather (accompanied by a little moisture) was enough to get them active – and biting!

In particular, they’re looking for places to breed, such as puddles that accumulate in saucers under potted plants. Empty those saucers (onto other plants that need that moisture), then put those saucers away for winter.

If you used buckets to collect rainwater, transfer it to containers that can be closed (such as recycled 1-gallon plastic jugs) to prevent mosquito or other bug issues. For more tips, click on fightthebite.net.

▪ If rain is in the forecast or it’s after a storm, turn off your irrigation systems. Every drop still counts.

▪  November is ideal for planting perennials, shrubs and trees. The ground is soft enough to dig deep. It’s also prime time for moving plants.

▪  Plant daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and other spring-blooming bulbs now. To extend bloom season from March into April, stagger your bulb planting throughout November.

▪  Mulch flower and perennial beds. Cover spring-flowering bulb beds with mulch, too.

▪  Watch out for snails and slugs. They’ll attack new transplants. Hand-pick them at night.

▪  Plant garlic and onions; they’ll be ready in late spring or summer.

▪  Transplant cool-weather vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage and kale.

▪  Add some winter color, too. Transplant calendula, pansy, snapdragon, primrose and viola.

▪  Get out and enjoy your garden during warm days; there won’t be many more this year.

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