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Fall beauties: Ginkgo, sugar maple, yellowwood and aster
Puzzling over zucchini-less year
Preventing damage from wintry hazards
Bring houseplants back inside, leave pests outdoors
Fall clematis: Endearing, rampant and very clippable
Clip now to best the iris borer
In my garden: Tips, grins, grow-ans
Prune some woodies, wait on others
Hands-on workshop in time for late fall pruning season
California rants, "Michigan palm"
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Above: It's a warm, blue-sky fall weekend. What a great time
to be out in the garden! It's just icing on the cake that
fall color is developing all around. This ginkgo tree
(left) is one of the species that turns color overnight.
Some people love not only its color but the fact that all
of its leaves then fall off in a rush -- that means raking
up can be done in just one episode. Other people mourn
that trait, since quick leaf fall also means the color
won't last weeks as it does on gradually shedding species
like sugar maple (right).
Time to think about protecting plants from winter storm
Above: Heavy snow can turn this cedar (Thuja occidentalis,
also called an arborvitae) from an upright pyramid (left) into a
fanned heap (center). Believe it or not, the one pictured here did
regroup to regain its former verticality. If you can't handle the
snow-splayed interim period or the suspense of wondering whether
your plant will rebound, try a preventive technique such as spiral
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