Protect and fortify your yard against winter damage as temperatures drop
Trim back perennials that have gone dormant (once the leaves and stems have turned yellow or brown). If the plant still has green leafy growth late in the fall, leave it until spring and then determine if it needs to be trimmed.
It’s more important to fertilize your lawn in the fall than in the spring. Enriching your soil with fertilizer in the fall sets the stage for strong spring growth.
Mulch garden beds to retain moisture and to protect your plants from rapid fluctuations in temperature.
Cutting your grass too short in the fall can make your lawn susceptible to winter damage.
Want your best spring garden yet? autumn is the time to plant spring bulbs such as tulips and daffodils, as the ground is still warm and many plants are actively growing roots.
For best results, plant your spring bulbs by mid-October before the ground begins to freeze.
MUST HAVE GARDENING ESSENTIALS
Prune established perennials that struggle with the cold weather.
Trim weak tree branches to minimize breakage caused by snow and ice accumulation.
Remember to water evergreens throughout the fall.
Cover your garden with mulch to protect against extreme cold.
Use a garden spade or trowel to dig holes for new plants.
Plant trees, shrubs and fall bulbs at least six weeks prior to the first hard frost.
Cut off the flowering part of new perennials to encourage new root growth.
Fertilize only established bulb beds; avoid fertilizing plants and new bulb beds.