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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

Put out slug de­ter­rents, such as tubs with milk or beer - and mulch around vul­ner­a­ble plants such as hostas with bro­ken eggshells or gravel.

Sow zin­nias in a shel­tered frame.

If moss is a prob­lem on your lawn, take re­me­dial ac­tion now.

Check the bulbs of gar­lic and shal­lots and, if they are loose, firm them down.

Start glox­inias into growth by set­ting them in boxes of light, moist soil.

Take chrysan­the­mum cut­tings.

Re­move shoots that have no live buds from sum­mer­flow­er­ing clema­tis and cut back late­flow­er­ing clema­tis hard.

Prune ten­der climbers and wall shrubs if they show strong growth.

Re­move win­ter pro­tec­tion from con­tain­ers and top-dress or re­plant pot-bound plants.

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