Fall Garden Wrap-Up Checklist
1. Bring in houseplants that have
- Bring them in when night temperatures consistently fall into
the lower 50's.
- Try to avoid abrupt changes in light and temperature.
- Check for insects prior to bringing them inside; washing the
plant with plain water will remove many pests.
- Re-pot if plant has outgrown its container.
- Some plants that have grown vigorously outside may need some
2. Clean up vegetable gardens and annual flowerbeds.
- Harvest all usable vegetables and annual flowers before frost.
- Leftover debris can be tilled into soil or placed into compost
- Clean up weeds as they can harbor diseases and insects.
- Add compost and other organic material to enrich the soil.
- Mulch beds to prevent erosion during winter.
3. Clean up perennial flowerbeds.
- Remove weeds.
- After we have a couple of frosts, mulch the perennial bed.
- Tops of plants can be cut back now or in early spring.
- New perennials can be planted in fall; established perennials
can be divided; these activities should be done in early fall
(mid-September to mid-October) to allow time for plants to root
before the soil cools.
4. Tree and shrub maintenance
- Prune trees after they go dormant (lose their leaves) or in
- Prune late summer and fall flowering shrubs after they go dormant.
- DO NOT prune evergreens or spring-flowering shrubs in fall.
- Trees and shrubs can be fertilized after they go dormant or
- Continue regular watering as long as ground is not frozen.
- Plant spring flowering bulbs in early fall (mid-September to
- Clean garden tools so they will be ready for next season.
- See to proper storage of seeds, fertilizer and garden chemicals.
- Drain and store garden hoses.
- Consider composting as a method to deal with garden debris
and autumn leaves.
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