I still have a few flowers blooming, but most everything is ready to settle down for a long winter’s rest. Cut down most plants that are still standing and put the foliage into the trash. Do not cut down hydrangeas, butterfly bushes, asters and mums and some ornamental grasses.
Hopefully you remembered that November is an excellent time to apply your last application of fertilizer to the lawn. You will probably be able to mow the lawn two more times this season. The last time you cut, mow short (2 to 2 ½ inches) to avoid snow mold on your lawn. Snow mold occurs when long grass lays flat on the soil under snow, causing dead spots in the lawn next spring.
Chicken wire can be placed around the trunk of young seedlings to deter squirrels, rabbits and deer from nibbling to obtain moisture and food during the winter months.
It is best to bring statuary and garden ornaments inside for the winter. If they have to remain outdoors, make sure they are not sitting on top of the soil, where they can soak up moisture. When freezing and thawing occur during the winter, the concrete can easily crack.
Don’t forget to turn the bird bath upside down; better yet, install a heater in it so the birds will have water all winter.
Make sure to drain the gas from your lawn mower, remove the blades and have them sharpened. You might even want the take the mower in for a tune-up to beat the rush for this service in the spring. Store all pesticides in their original containers and place them out of reach of children and pets.
“No spring nor summer beauty hath such
grace as I have seen in one autumn face.”
– John Donne