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.