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Experts offer garden and lawn tips to prepare for winter season

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Experts are suggesting this weekend is a good time to get out during the day and clean up leaves in your gardens and lawns as temperatures drop during the night.

For garden-enthusiasts, make sure you throw away diseased material in your garden because it won't decompose properly and can damage the soil.

Experts say don't let leaves sit on your lawn all winter.

If you're not a fan of raking them, mulching leaves into your lawn or garden is a good alternative.

That way when snow falls -- moisture still has a way to get into the grass.

And remember to never burn your leaves.

"I don't even know how legal that is anymore." Said UNL Extension Educator Jim Schild. "You use to see people rake leaves and put a match to them. Again, you're releasing all those nutrients into the atmosphere instead of making use of them."

Residents aren't allowed to burn anything in their yards without a city permit.

Any one with questions is asked to call the city's Environmental Services.

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