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Fall is upon us and ready to set it, as we have already had our first snowfall! To help you get ready for the next one, Scarvalle Landscaping has compiled a fall yard and garden checklist to help you make sure you’re ready for fall and an even harsher Chicago winter.

Keep in mind that being proactive now will help yield a better garden and yard for next growing season. By now, you should have had these done, but for those late to the show, here are some points for September:

  • Divide Peonies, Iris, Hosta, Daylilies, and other spring blooming perennials
  • Use metal or copper plant stakes where bulbs are late emerging perennials have been planted
  • Bring houseplants in before nighttime temps dip below 40 degrees
  • Remove tired annuals and refresh your garden with colorful annuals
  • Get a jump start on spring: Plant trees, shrubs, and evergreens now!
  • Keep newly seeded lawns watered!

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October and November Tips

  • Wrap all young trees with tree wrap
  • Tip tender garden roses by mid-October: most modern hybrid roses are damaged by temperatures below 10F or so. Mound the soil over the plant’s central crown or bud, called the but union ( this node at the base of the plant is the spot from which new canes emerge). Also wrap stems with wire or mesh cylinder filled with a light mulch such as composed bark.
  • Plant trees, shrubs and vines
  • Prep garden for next spring by adding peat, compost, and other soil amendments
  • Keep mowing your lawn to prevent snow mold next spring: do it every week or so until the grass has stopped growing. For lawns under or near deciduous trees, using your mower mulching mode- in which discharge chutes are closed off so that the grass and leaves can be chopped more finely- also allows leaves to decompose on your lawn without being smothering. If your mower doesn’t have a mulch mode, remove leaves by raking them for bagging or composing.
  • Get a jump start on your spring landscaping plan by take measurements and a site analysis before the snow flies

While there is an abundance of care and special planning for you to do so your yard and garden is in top shape, we thought you could use some other things that you could do to help you along.

  • Prune shrubs to shape and promote new growth
  • Seed lawns should be done before September 20th to establish grass before the October frost
  • Spray broadleaf weeds in lawns: Most common is dandelions, can be pulled out by hand anytime. But autumn is when they’re most vulnerable to weed killers.
  • Apply winterizer to promote a healthy lawn
  • Get a jump start by planting spring bulbs
  • Thoroughly water trees and shrubs in late fall: soak the soil around trees and shrubs if rainfall has been light to ensure that plants enter winter fully hydrated.
  • Mulch tender perennials with leaves
  • Spray wilt pruf on evergreens to prevent browning

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