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How to protect your garden all fall and winter long

While the changing of the seasons can provide vibrant vistas and more chances to enjoy the outdoors, cooling temperatures and seasonal weather also mean changing your lawn care and gardening approach.

Gloucester Master Gardener Susan Camp sat down recently to offer tips for local green thumbs to protect their plants all fall and winter long.

“We probably won’t get the level of fall color we normally have,” Camp cautioned, chalking up the change to the flash drought suffered by much of the area in the late summer.

“Where old wisdom used to teach us to clean and cut everything back and wrap with burlap,” she said, “now we are recommending you actually leave some plant material for winter.” Cleaning of leaves and growth from high traffic areas remains a recommendation; however, leaving some organic material like fallen leaves in areas of your property not frequently traversed can provide valuable habitat for wintering insects like butterflies a...

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