As the cooler fall weather creeps upon us, it’s time again to head outside to ready your garden for the arrival of another winter. And why not? Autumn is a great time to plant both shrubs and trees as well as to remove any dying annual flowers like marigolds, zinnias or cornflowers. It is also a great time to prepare your lawn for healthy renewal next spring.
Here is a helpful monthly checklist of tasks for your fall garden cleanup prep for the cold season to come.
Tasks for September
- Pull out the weeds before they go to seed. It will reduce the weeds in next year’s garden.
- Inspect household plants for any pests and begin moving them indoors.
- Bring in clay pots you have outside.
- Plant new shrubs and trees. It gives them time to become established before the first frost, which is about six weeks away.
- Collect herbs and seed for drying.
- Plant spring-flowering bulbs.
- Clean out bird feeders
- Clean up garden tools
- Water shrubs or trees until the ground freezes.
- Add manure or compost to your garden beds.
- Fertilize the lawn.
- Protect any water features in your garden by adding netting to collect any falling leaves.
Tasks for October
- Dig up any tender bulbs like gladiolas, cannas, and dahlias. Make sure to have them wrapped up in moist material and stored in a cool, dark place.
- Rake and compost leaves.
- Remove fallen fruit or vegetable plants and clean up excess garden debris.
- Remove dead annuals from the garden after a frost.
- Get your most commonly used garden tools ready for next spring by sharpening pruners and lawn mower blades.
- Discourage rodents from making winter nests by trimming tall grasses away from trees and corners of your home.
- Discard diseased perennials. Do not compost.
- Uproot and transplant young trees or shrubs to new locations.
- Continue to water your trees and shrubs until the ground freezes.
Tasks for November
- Fertilize your lawn.
- Drain your garden hoses and turn off any outside water connections.
- Buy bulbs to force for the winter.
- Clean up any leaves that may have fallen in gutters or downspouts.
- To protect your fruit trees from small animals, wrap screening around the trunks.
- Mulch any rose bushes.
- Continue Watering trees and shrubs until the ground freezes.
Tasks for December
- Start paperwhites and amaryllis for winter blooms.
Check with us once a month between March and October for tips on how to care for your garden.
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