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During winter, there are some handy tips and tricks for healthy winter gardens.

• Now that the cooler weather of winter is here, gardens don't loose as much water to evaporation as they do in summer. Because of this, soils can easily waterlog if over watered, particularly on the southern side of homes and in well shaded areas.

• If you have an automatic watering system, during these cooler months reduce the watering time to at least half that of summer.

• When watering, do so in the morning so that both soil & plants can dry off before night time. This will reduce fungal disease. If possible, water directly onto soil & not onto plant foliage. Fungal diseases love wet conditions and if the plant leaves are wet during the night; this creates ideal conditions for fungal diseases to breed, so this is very important for healthy plant growth.

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