Wondering what needs to happen this fall to ensure a beautiful and healthy lawn and gardens next spring? Below we summarize 10 simple tasks you can knock out this fall to protect and prepare your lawn and plants for winter.
#1 Feed Your Lawn: Feed lawns now to encourage root development. Using a broadcast spreader, apply Espoma Organic Fall Lawn Food.
#2 Kill Perennial Weeds: Fall is a great time to kill perennial weeds with Weed Beater Ultra which works even in cool temps.
#3 Edge & Mulch Beds: Nothing looks better as the snow melts than clean, edged and mulched beds. Mulch helps insulate and protect plants from extreme cold and temperature fluctuations.
#4 Plant Bulbs: The cure for Spring Fever! Planting bulbs around summer blooming perennials adds an additional season to that space in your garden. Deer & Rabbits do not eat daffodils!
#5 Remove & Dispose: Remove any diseased or infested foliage now to prevent more damage next year. Do NOT compost diseased or insect infested foliage.
#6 Prepare Roses: For floribunda, Climbing, Hybrid Tea and grandiflora: rake away all foliage, tie canes together, mound of soil, chicken wire or rose collar, mulch.
#7 Wrap Trees: Wrap newly planted ornamental and shade "smooth" bark trees to prevent frost crack. Protect all trees where deer are present. Tie Arborvitae to prevent snow damage.
#8 Apply Wilt Pruf: Spray evergreens to prevent winter burn. Wilt Pruf is an anti-desicant that will lock in moisture necessary to maintain plants through the ground freeze and will also protect them against the heat of the sun. Also great for extending life of winter greens and Christmas Trees.
#9 Rake Leaves: Slugs feed on decaying leaves. Remove leaves around hostas to expose and kill overwintering slugs & eggs.
#10 Fall is for planting! September and October are an ideal time to plant. Newly planted trees and shrubs can concentrate their energy on root establishment, rather than growth or flowering. The cooler temps and fall rains minimize the need for watering.
There you have it. Break this list up by priority and check them off as you go. Many of these are fun for families and children - make a day of it as you enjoy our Indian Summer.
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