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Trees and shrubs that are de­prived of wa­ter now will be eas­ily stressed in the win­ter. Be­low is a handy guide to fall clean up tasks.

Sep­tem­ber: - Col­lect seed and herbs for dry­ing.

- Add com­post or ma­nure to gar­den beds.

- Cover wa­ter fea­tures with net­ting to col­lect fall­ing leaves.

- Check house­plants for pests, then start to move in­doors.

- Plant new trees and shrubs, to give them at least six weeks be­fore frost.

- Plant spring bulbs.

- Clean bird feed­ers, gar­den­ing tools.

- Con­tinue wa­ter­ing trees flow­er­ing

and shrubs un­til the ground freezes. - Bring in any clay pots. - Pull weeds be­fore they go to seed to re­duce the num­ber of weeds next year. - Fer­til­ize your lawn.

Oc­to­ber: - Trans­plant shrubs or young trees to new lo­ca­tions.

- Cut dis­eased ar­eas out of peren­ni­als. Do not com­post.

- Rake and com­post any fallen leaves.

- Clean up gar­den de­bris. Re­move all vegetable plants and fallen fruit.

- Re­move dead an­nu­als from the gar­den, af­ter a frost.

- Cut back peren­nial fo­liage to dis­cour­age over­win­ter­ing pests. Leave flow­ers with seeds for the birds.

- Con­tinue wa­ter­ing trees and shrubs un­til the ground freezes.

- Sharpen lawn mower blade and pruners.

- Trim tall grass away from trees and cor­ners of your home to dis­cour­age small ro­dents from cre­at­ing nests.

- Dig up ten­der bulbs such as dahlia, canna and glad­i­ola. Wrap them in moist ma­te­rial and store in a cool, dark space.

Novem­ber: - Fer­til­ize your lawn - Di­vide Spring and Sum­mer blooming peren­nial plants.

- Turn off out­side wa­ter con­nec­tions. Drain gar­den hoses.

- Buy bulbs to force for Win­ter.

- Con­tinue wa­ter­ing trees and shrubs un­til the ground freezes.

- Wrap screen­ing around fruit tree trunks to pro­tect from small an­i­mals. - Mulch rose bushes. - Clean fallen leaves in down­spouts and gut­ters.

De­cem­ber - Start pa­per­whites and amaryl­lis for Win­ter blooms.

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