Priscilla’s Garden To-Do List for Late October/Early November:

  • Cut down perennials in stages as foliage blackens or flops over
  • Dormant pruning season begins when leaves are off the trees, with structure easily visible
  • Refresh containers for fall with hardy material that can withstand the occasional cold night
  • Remove spent annuals planted in the ground
  • Dig and store tubers of dahlias and gladiolus after frost
  • Clean up vegetable gardens promptly to avoid making havens for pests and diseases to overwinter
  • Test soil and amend vegetable gardens (for raised beds, also top off with fresh raised bed mix)
  • Test soil and amend ornamental beds of trees, shrubs and perennials
  • Rake and shred leaves for use as mulch
  • Drain and store hoses indoors for winter to prolong life
  • Shut down irrigation systems by early November
  • Plant spring blooming bulbs and garlic now
  • Finish dividing, planting and transplanting (last call!)
  • Top off shrubs and trees planted this season with a layer of winter mulch
  • Leave woody herbs, hydrangeas and tree peonies alone, do not cut back!
  • Plan for winter deer protection
  • Plan for anti-desiccant protection for vulnerable broadleaf trees and shrubs