For dedicated gardeners, here are suggestions from the California Assn. of Nurserymen:

* Take care with chrysanthemums--dust for pests, stake for support, discontinue pinching out the tips, but start to disbud to get larger flowers.

* Consider raising flower beds to provide better drainage for your plants this winter. Use materials such as railroad ties and brick, and add three or four inches of soil.

* There's still time to plant a berried shrub or two; choose from Christmas berry, holly and various pyracanthas.

* Keep up a regular watering schedule for your lawn and garden until the winter rains actually arrive.

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