Cooler temperatures have arrived and it's time to clean up the yard and put the garden to bed for the winter. And we've made it a family affair. We've pick a warm weekend day in October for our fall to-do list.
It's time to pull out the pruning shears, hedge clippers, yard bags, gardening tools and containers.
Most perennials can be trimmed back in the fall. Pull annuals from their containers and harvest anything from your vegetable gardens and clean up under your fruit trees. Trim back overgrown areas to prevent animals from moving in and making a home over the winter.
Be sure to empty, clean and store your containers. Ceramic and clay pots will surely crack under cold winter temperatures. Keep them under cover.
Plant your spring flowering bulbs before the ground freezes. Fall is a great time for planting shrubs and trees. Just be sure your new plantings have plenty of water until the ground freezes. Continue watering if the winter is mild.
Mound mulch around the base of your roses which provides protection from the elements all winter long.
Schedule your lawn aeration, overseeding and the winterization of your irrigation system. Apply your fall fertilization program. Rake those fallen leaves from your yard to keep your yard healthy and looking green.
Take time to enjoy the season. These important yard and garden tasks will save you time looking ahead and lead to a productive Spring season.