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After a big winter storm, broken limbs are in need of first aid. Heavy snow and whipping winds can cause limbs from trees and shrubs to snap. If these broken limbs are not in danger of falling into harms way (such as the street, sidewalk or driveway), they can wait until a good thaw to amputate. But if they do pose a potential danger it's time to start cutting!

Saving Summer's Bloom

You'd need a greenhouse to enjoy fresh blossoms year-round, but drying flowers can help preserve their memory for you throughout the winter. Start by picking the flowers you want to save at the height of their beauty, around midday when there's little moisture trapped inside the petals.

Choosing & Using Spreaders

No matter what kind of lawn products you use, their performance depends in large measure on the quality of the spreader that you use to apply them. A poor-quality spreader often leaves missed streaks or patches in the lawn where the material is either not applied, or is applied at the wrong rate.

Fertilizing Your Lawn brought to you by the Scotts Company

There are four major considerations in selecting a lawn fertilizer. 1. The Analysis 2. The Nitrogen Release Rate 3. Granule Content 4. Results How to Select a Lawn Fertilizer1. The Analysis This indicates the percentage (by weight) of the three major nutrients in a fertilizer: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. The analysis is printed on the front of every fertilizer package, as shown here.

Cutting Comments

With spring's bloom just weeks away, take a look at your shrubs and consider pruning them. To encourage strong growth, cut away dead, damaged or spindly branches. And if you want to reshape the plant, do it now rather than when foliage starts masking the underlying branch structure.

Forcing Bulbs for Winter Color

You can add color to your indoor garden during the drab days of winter by forcing bulbs into bloom. Forcing causes bulbs to flower before they normally would outdoors. Start the process in autumn. Buy the best-quality bulbs you can find. When you pick out bulbs, examine them thoroughly.