Carrie Petty’s Fall Garden Checklist
Cut perennials back to 3 inches high, but leave some seed heads for the birds
Be sure to shake any full seed heads back into the Garden
Harvest all final flowers and veggies
Plant bulbs, bulbs, and more bulbs until ground freezes
Harden off plants to bring indoors, stop bugs by misting 1-part rubbing alcohol to 10-part water.
Clean up garden bench
Prepare bird feeders and buy seed for winter
Keep broken ceramic pot chips to use for drainage inside container base
Take cuttings of plants to start or propagate indoors
Flush sprinkler systems and shut off
Turn off hose nibs after final use
Mow lawn short for final cut
Treat lawn for spring-emerging weeds
Clean up debris EVERYWHERE
Rake leaves start a compost pile with non-diseased plants alternating with fall leaf layers
Plant Paper Whites and Christmas Amaryllis bulbs for indoor decorating
Disinfect pruner blades and make final deadwood pruning cuts
Take ample notes for next year
Create a garden grocery list to keep by garden bench for spring supplies
Late November prune for Christmas greenery.
Mulch tender perennials and roses to protect from snow and heaving
Power wash sidewalks and porches and wash windows for ample sunshine! Cheers!
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