Fall brings a reprieve with cooler weather and a change in nature’s color scheme – there’s still time for more gardening!
- Now is the ideal time to seed a new lawn, or reseed bare spots.
- Apply a slow-release fall fertilizer (Step 4 from Scott’s LawnPro or Greenview) for a strong lawn leading into winter. It’s also great for newly seeded lawns.
- Reapply Scott’s GrubEx or Bayer Advanced 24 Hour Grub Killer Plus if you applied earlier this spring to kill grubs, Japanese Beetle larvae, and other turf-feeding insects on contact.
- Plant perennials and groundcovers.
- Plant garden mums.
- Start bringing in houseplants and herbs before frost.
- Plant spring blooming bulbs such as tulips and daffodils.
- Record gardening successes and failures now for reference next growing season.
- Cut back spent perennials.
- Harvest green tomatoes before a killing frost. Ripen in a warm place away from direct sunlight.
- Dig and store summer blooming bulbs such as gladiolus, dahlias, and cannas.
- Potatoes are ready for harvest when their tops begin to brown.
- After garden clean up, plant a cover crop of winter rye to condition the soil and prevent soil loss.
- Final harvest of tomatoes, beans, blueberries and summer squash
- Plant a second crop of broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce and beets.
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