There’s plenty to be doing out in the yard and garden this fall season, and soon the leaves will start changing and dropping, and then winter will be here before you know it.

So get that list of chores going and remember these helpful tips when preparing your flower beds and houseplants alike for the colder months ahead.


  • Over seed your Bermuda grass lawn with ryegrass
  • Apply pre-emergence herbicides for winter weed control
  • Test soil and lime if it is required


  • Collect leaves for mulch
  • Plant shrubbery


  • Divide and transplant daylilies and liviope
  • Cut back faded annual flowers
  • Plant fall bulbs in late October
  • Dig caladium tubers before frost


It might not seem like much, but make sure to fertilize your indoor plants on a monthly basis. Their soil in pots especially needs to the additional nutrients it would get being inside.

Fruits and nuts

  • Apply lime to fruit trees if needed
  • Don’t prune peach, plum trees


  • Choose the mild weather during this period to plant or transplant the following: broccoli, beets, cabbage, carrots, collards, onions and turnips
  • Refurbish mulch to control weeds. Start by adding leaves and other materials for compost pile
  • Water deeply and thoroughly to prevent drought stress
  • Harvest mature green peppers and tomatoes before the frost gets them
  • Harvest herbs. Dry in a cool, dry place
  • Plant cover crops of rye on unused garden plots
  • Test soil and lime if necessary
  • Destroy old crops as soon as harvest is complete to help reduce build- up of future insect, disease, and weed problems
  • Spray cabbage, broccoli, and collards with a B+ product (Dipel or Thuricide) to control caterpillars

Good look and good gardening through the fall months!