Monday, September 29, 2008

Northeast - October Checklist

Winter is on its way—the days are shorter, the air is cooler, and plant growth has slowed or halted. Spend some time outside preparing your yard and garden for its rest by taking care of these routine end-of-season chores. It'll give you a sense of accomplishment and closure, plus it's important to protect all the time, money and effort you've invested.


Cut back tall perennials before the first frost. Chopping down to a few inches above the soil seems brutal, but it does no harm and allows for spring's resurgence.

Drain the hose and bring it in for winter. Wipe down with a rag, so there's no mud or moisture on it. Store it flat, letting it coil naturally, someplace dry and dark.

Close the compost pile for the winter. Its activity has been slowing for a while, and adding kitchen scraps to it now only leads to a pile of frozen garbage. Give it one last stir, and then replace the lid or cover it with a tarp.

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