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14 Fall Garden Tasks

Check off these chores and get your lawn and gardens ready for winter!
  • Divide and cut back perennials

    Now is the time to divide spring- and summer-blooming perennials, especially those that didn’t perform well this year. Consider moving them to a new location. Cut back plants to 3 to 4 inches tall when the foliage begins to die, and discard any diseased leaves rather than composting them. Leave some ornamental grasses and plants with interesting seed heads for visual interest in the winter.

    Date Published: September 25, 2012
    Date Updated: August 30, 2018
    Tags: Fall, Gardening
  • Drinks on the house!

    Give all of your plants a good drink, especially your trees. Their roots need plenty of moisture to make it through the upcoming months.

    Date Published: September 25, 2012
    Date Updated: August 30, 2018
    Tags: Fall, Gardening
  • Ready the roses

    Clear fallen debris from the base of your roses to keep diseases from overwintering. Stop cutting roses in early fall. After the first frost, pile fresh soil or compost over the base of the plant and up 2 feet. Add mulch after the first hard freeze. Consider protecting hybrid tea or tree roses with rose cones, burlap, or straw.

    Date Published: September 25, 2012
    Date Updated: August 30, 2018
    Tags: Fall, Gardening
  • Plant shrubs and evergreens

    Planting in the early fall gives new plants plenty of time to get their roots established before winter. 

    Date Published: September 25, 2012
    Date Updated: August 30, 2018
    Tags: Fall, Gardening
  • Can I get an amend?

    Get your gardens ready for next year by amending the soil. Till the soil and add homemade compost.

    Date Published: September 25, 2012
    Date Updated: August 30, 2018
    Tags: Fall, Gardening
  • Plant fall annuals

    Add color to your garden with mums, pansies, ornamental kale, and other fall annuals.

    Date Published: September 25, 2012
    Date Updated: August 30, 2018
    Tags: Fall, Gardening
  • Give grass a close cut

    Lower the blade on your lawn mower, and give your lawn one last cut before winter. Having shorter grass will help the soil dry out more quickly in the spring.

    Date Published: September 25, 2012
    Date Updated: August 30, 2018
    Tags: Fall, Gardening
  • Dig summer bulbs

    Unless you live a zone where your summer bulbs are considered hardy, you have to dig them up if you want them to bloom again next summer. Dig and store dahlias, cannas, caladiums, callas, gladiolus, and other tender bulbs in peat moss or sand, in a cool, frost-free spot for the winter.

    Date Published: September 25, 2012
    Date Updated: August 30, 2018
    Tags: Fall, Gardening
  • Rake and mulch

    Fallen tree leaves can suffocate your lawn. Rake them up and shred them, and use them as mulch!

    Date Published: September 25, 2012
    Date Updated: August 30, 2018
    Tags: Fall, Gardening
  • Plant spring bulbs

    Get your tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and other spring-blooming bulbs in the ground now!

    Date Published: September 25, 2012
    Date Updated: August 30, 2018
    Tags: Fall, Gardening
  • Feed your lawn

    Don’t let you lawn go into winter without the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and come back strong in the spring.

    Date Published: September 25, 2012
    Date Updated: August 30, 2018
    Tags: Fall, Gardening
  • Clean up the vegetable garden

    Remove dead plants, weeds, and debris, to prevent diseases from overwintering, and to discourage varmints from hanging around. Remove and store cages and supports for next year.

    Date Published: September 25, 2012
    Date Updated: August 30, 2018
    Tags: Fall, Gardening
  • Dig up annuals

    Get rid of those past-their-prime annuals in your gardens and containers. As long as they’re disease-free, dead or spent summer annuals can go into the compost pile.

    Date Published: September 25, 2012
    Date Updated: August 30, 2018
    Tags: Fall, Gardening
  • Protect tender trees

    After giving trees a big drink of water, add mulch to the surrounding area. Consider burlap wrap or tape wrap for young trees or shrubs.

    Date Published: September 25, 2012
    Date Updated: August 30, 2018
    Tags: Fall, Gardening

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