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Fall Cleanup Checklist

Updated: Nov 12, 2022

This is a great time of year to plant trees and shrubs, cut back perennials, remove annuals and get your lawn healthy for next spring. Its important to keep watering because 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

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 Dahlias, Cannas and Gladiolas. 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

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.

We're available late into the season to help with cleanups and unique tasks, so make sure to drop us a line!

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