Priscilla’s To-Do List for October into early November!

  • Begin to cut back spent perennials in stages on dry days to prevent spread of fungal leaf diseases and consider leaving some standing through winter as refugia for pollinators
  • Rake or use an electric blower to remove heavy layers of leaves from lawns to prevent smothering the grass
  • Pull or cut annuals after frost
  • Avoid cutting down hydrangea, tree peonies or woody herbs
  • Clean up vegetable gardens promptly to prevent the spread of diseases and creating overwintering sites for pests
  • Test and amend soil in problem areas per soil test results
  • Dormant prune ornamental trees such as crabapple, dogwood, and Japanese maple after leaf drop; also shrubs such as double file viburnum
  • Plant bulbs for spring color
  • Finish dividing and transplanting perennials by the end of October
  • Finish fall planting by the end of October to ensure rooting before winter
  • Make notes about changes or additions to next year’s garden
  • Winterize irrigation systems
  • Drain hoses and store for winter

Let us know how we can help you with your fall garden chores and better prepare for whatever winter will bring us!


I look forward to visiting with you in your garden in the coming month.

Priscilla and the PBOG Team

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