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