Before bringing in your houseplants, check for unwanted pests and treat them.
If being outside this summer encouraged vigorous growth in your houseplants, you can bring them in to our store and have them re-potted.
If you haven't already, plant pansies, dianthus, snapdragons, mums and ornamental kale to brighten up the fall garden. Everything except the kale should come back next year. The kale should develop a richer color as the temperatures fall and can withstand light frosts.
You can begin forcing paper white narcissus for dazzling winter blooms, indoors.
After a light frost, dig up your canna lily, gladiola and dahlia bulbs for winter storage in a frost free area.
Cut back exhausted perennials.
Deadhead perennials that are still looking good.
Plant new perennials as long as the soil is still workable.
Transplant trees and shrubs after they have gone dormant and lost their leaves, if deciduous, (this may have to wait until November, depending on the weather).
Pruning of larger, more disease susceptible trees (Oaks, Elms, Planetrees) should be done while trees are beginning to enter dormancy.
The cut-off time for gardening in October is when the ground starts to heave.
Rake leaves off of the lawn so that the grass is not damaged.
If the lawn needs reseeded, do so by October 15. If the lawn just needs rejuvenated, you can over-seed by broadcasting grass seed into the existing lawn.
When giving the lawn the final cut, lower the mower blade to two inches so the grass is not too long and able to lay down during the winter.
Consider having the lawn aerated, a beneficial process which removes grass plugs from the soil by a machine. This process reduces compaction of the turf, and improves the flow of water and nutrients to the roots. The LMS Landscape Division can provide lawn aeration.
Fertilize the lawn with a quick-release fall fertilizer.