Things to Do:
Build New beds.
Now is the time to put in that new bed you have wanting all summer. Remove the turf and amend the soil with pine fines, maybe some Moo-Nure. Till it generously and it’s ready for planting. Fall is a great time to put in the Staple trees, and shrubs for that area.
Tip: Use a garden hose to lay out the shape of the bed before you start removing turf. It will give you a realistic visual representation of the size and shape of bed before you start removing the sod.
Apply a winter layer of mulch to your landscaping.
Mulch not only gives an attractive and eye-catching appearance to your landscape, it insulates the root zone of plants from the cold temperatures of Winter. Explore the types and benefits of then bulk mulch available at the garden center. Pick up, or delivery is available.
Aerate, Over-seed and Fertilize.
Fall is the perfect time to aerate your lawn. This allows for better air exchange for the roots, alleviates soil compaction, and allows water to penetrate to the root zone better.
After you aerate I always recommend over-seeding your lawn. Fall is the best tie for planting grass. The cooler nights and sunny days provide the optimum growing conditions for new turf. Even though the air gets cooler the ground temperature stays much warmer, allowing for the roots to grow strong.
Applying a good starter fertilizer to your turf provides the grass with the much needed nutrients to grow strong roots before the winter sets in.
Pumpkins, Cornstalks, Straw Bales!
Have some fun! Create that fall display to wow your neighbors. A few pumpkins, a bundle of cornstalks, a bale of straw and some mums go a long way. You can keep it simple, or go overboard. Fall is the season there are no rules.