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Week 1:

  • Transplanting of trees and shrubs can still be performed until the ground freezes.
  • Continue weeding until all growth has stopped.
  • Start placing orders for seasonal decorations.
  • Make sure that evergreens get a heavy watering before the ground freezes.
  • All spring bulbs should be in place.

Week 2:

  • Winterize perennials and roses after the first hard frost.
  • Trees and shrubs should be fertilized at this time.
  • Mound 6" of soil around the base of rose plants; vent rose cones or coverings on warm days.
  • Continue to mow and keep your lawn short.
  • Clean and oil garden tools to avoid rusting.
  • Trees and shrubs should receive a final soaking before winter.
  • Remove the last of your leaves from the landscape.

Week 3:

  • Drain and store hoses.
  • Place winter covering over ground cover plants.
  • Turn the compost pile after a hard frost to eliminate rodents.
  • Young trees should be wrapped with tree paper.
  • Perennials and certain shrubs such as potentilla and spirea can be pruned to the ground.
  • All pesticides should be stored in a cool dry area to prevent freezing.

Week 4:

  • Winterize lawn mower by draining the gas tank and changing the oil.
  • Leaves and lawn clippings can be dug into flower and vegetable gardens for composting.
  • Continue to winterize tender shrubs and perennials.
  • Put out bait stations and rodent traps. Keep children, pets and wildlife in mind if using poison.


Wild flower and grass meadow areas may need special winterization; ask your DJFLCI rep for assistance.

Remember not to use any salt for ice control on concrete less than 1 year old.