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It's time to winterize your garden

It's time to winterize your garden, says the Utah Evergreen Council, an alliance of businesses, organizations and individuals that promotes green living.

"Stronger root systems will produce stronger plants that pull from larger water tables. That means that supplemental irrigation water is less critical because the plant has greater access to natural water supplies," said Warren Bell, president of Biograss Sod Farms and a member of the council. "Properly winterizing your lawn and garden is an important step toward healthy soil, lush grass and happy plants next year."

The council recommends: Turn off your sprinkling system now; give your lawn one more mowing, cutting it to about one inch; rake the leaves and debris; fertilize in autumn.

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