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to or­ga­nize and clean out the shed. Move sum­mer items to the back and win­ter stuff up front for bet­ter ac­cess. Also, re­move any liq­uids that will freeze.

In the garage

Ser­vice sum­mer power equip­ment. Empty fuel and clean lawn­mower and trim­mer. Have lawn­mower blades sharp­ened and oil changed. Have any nec­es­sary re­pairs done now, so that you’re ready come spring.

Store sum­mer ve­hi­cles. If you have a mo­tor­cy­cle, Sum­mer car, ATV or other type sea­sonal ve­hi­cle, now’s a good time to have that ser­viced as well.

Get win­ter equip­ment ready. Ser­vice the snow blower and make sure it is ready to go.

If you have an emer­gency gen­er­a­tor for power out­ages, give it a test, and make sure it’s in good work­ing or­der. Pur­chase ex­tra gas to have on hand for use in your snow blower or gen­er­a­tor, so you’re pre­pared for emer­gen­cies.

Make sure you store gaso­line in tanks away from fire sources and out of chil­dren’s reaches.

In the gar­den

Fall is a great time to plant trees and shrubs, cut back peren­ni­als, re­move an­nu­als and get your lawn healthy for next Spring. Re­mem­ber to keep wa­ter­ing.

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.


- 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 flow­er­ing bulbs. - Clean bird feed­ers, gar­den­ing tools.

- Con­tinue wa­ter­ing trees 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.


- 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.


- 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.


- Start pa­per­whites and amaryl­lis for win­ter blooms.

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