Pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks and mums keep our fall landscapes interesting while we put to rest gardens and patio pots for the coming winter season.


  • Finish dividing and transplanting perennials early in the month. This is the best time to divide and transplant Peonies.
  • Espoma’s BioTone is an organic, slow release starter plant food that helps prevent transplant loss and promotes root growth.
  • Watch weather forecasts for possible killing frosts. Harvest frost-sensitive produce (squash, pumpkins and gourds) when frost is predicted.
  • Rake and compost fallen leaves to keep leaves from accumulating and smothering the lawn.
  • Store gladiolus, dahlias and canna in peat moss or sawdust at a cool part of the basement.
  • Remove weeds from perennial beds – a clean garden will have fewer diseases next year.
  • Edge garden and flower bed borders.
  • Destroy slug egg masses found under garden debris and mulch.
  • Cut perennials to 4-6″.
  • Plant garlic and horseradish.
  • Plan your “want” list for next year!
  • Help birds prepare for migration or winter nesting, provide food high in protein (suet) and water.

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