Your Fall Yard Maintenance Checklist
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Your Fall Yard Maintenance Checklist

Use these seasonal and regional tips to get your garden in shape for the season.

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Article courtesy of Garden Gate Magazine


There are lots of things that need to be done throughout the season. To help you get the essentials done, use this checklist as a guide.


Early Fall

  • Pull out the camera and snap some shots of what you’ve accomplished this year. Don’t forget to take a few photos of areas that need improvement, too!
  • Plant cold-tolerant annuals and refresh containers with autumn plants.
  • Buy spring-blooming bulbs early for the best selection. Store them in a cool spot until you’re ready to plant.
  • Shop for tree, shrub and perennial bargains and get them in the ground.
  • Feed your lawn.
  • Divide perennials that bloom in late spring and summer, such as irises, daylilies and daisies.
  • Watch for insects and treat the problem to cut down on overwintering populations.


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  • Rake up and compost leaves. Clean up dried leaves, stems and twigs around the garden.
  • Put out the bird feeders.
  • Plant trees and shrubs if you haven’t already. Keep them watered until the ground is frozen.
  • Mow the lawn once more and do end-of-season maintenance on the mower.
  • Bring house plants inside before night temperatures dip into the 50s.
  • Harvest any last produce from the vegetable garden. Spread a layer of compost over the garden so it will be ready to till in spring.
  • Control weeds that have been lurking in the lawn before they set seed.
  • Plant spring-blooming bulbs now.


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Late Fall

  • Empty, wash and store your containers. Use a dolly to move heavy or large ones.
  • Protect trees and shrubs from winter weather and scavenging animals.
  • Sharpen and put away tools.
  • Cover new perennials, and those that have a tendency to heave, with mulch.
  • Empty the hose and coil it up. Also empty and store the birdbath unless you will be using a heater.
  • Prevent damage to your lawn and plants. Use a garden-friendly deicer, coarse sand or turkey grit instead of salt to melt ice from sidewalks and driveways.
  • Dream about next year’s garden and place orders for new plants early.


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