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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● IN­SU­LATE con­tain­ers to re­duce the risk of roots freez­ing. ●● TACKLE over­grown de­cid­u­ous hedg­ing, prun­ing it back hard to en­cour­age new growth for next sea­son. Don’t trim ev­er­green hedges now. ●● AP­PLY a bulky or­ganic mulch around the base of trees, shrubs and climbers. ●● PLANT bare-root and con­tainer-grown roses. ●● PLANT tulips, lilies and hy­acinths in beds, bor­ders and con­tain­ers. ●● CUT back the top growth on or­na­men­tal grasses that don’t look at­trac­tive at this time of year. ●● THIN out canes on es­tab­lished bam­boos. ●● CLEAR fallen leaves from the lawn, beds and bor­ders. ●● BRUSH toad­stools off the lawn us­ing a broom. ●● PRO­TECT less hardy bulbs such as ner­ines and aga­pan­thus by mulching the area where they are planted. ●● SEND off for cat­a­logues from spe­cial­ist fruit tree nurs­eries. ●● CUT back faded fo­liage from pond and mar­ginal plants.

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