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Expert Offers Early Winter Gardening Tips

If you haven't finished putting your garden to bed for the winter, Colleen Plimpton, gardening expert and blogger and author of " Mentors in the Garden of Life ," has some tips for what to do in the garden before the snow falls:

• Pull, cut and destroy Asian bittersweet, a non-native, invasive species. In late autumn it's easy to see the coiling, murderous vine climbing leafless trees.

• Mow the lawn short.

• Finish planting new bulbs.

• Finish fertilizing old bulbs.

• For those affected by the early, freak snowstorm, continue to prune damaged wood.

• Store dahlias, cannas and other tender tubers.

• Label any plants, such as dahlias, that you've dug up for the winter or you won't remember what they are in the spring.

• Empty and turn over rain barrels.

• Stockpile a supply of potting soil for indoor use.

• Arrange decorative twigs and branches in containers.

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