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Week 1:

  • Start fall herbicide spraying for spring blooming weeds. When pruneable evergreens go dormant, trim and save branches for winter cover.
  • Continue to remove spent blooms to avoid disease development.
  • Lower lawn mower height to 2" as temperatures drop.
  • Continue weed control in planting beds.
  • Fungicide applications can be applied to lawns having necrotic ring spot disease.
  • Schedule irrigation system winterization.

Week 2:

  • Seeding of lawn should be complete at this time. Sodding can be done throughout the month if necessary.
  • As frost hits summer blooming bulbs, dig up the tender bulbs, dry them in the sun and prepare for winter storage.
  • Continue monitoring water needs of plant material.
  • Containerized nursery stock can still be purchased and planted.

Week 3:

  • Continue to divide and transplant spring and summer blooming perennials.
  • Be prepared to protect plants from the first hard frost.
  • Apply fall fertilizer to lawn.
  • Prepare bird feeders for winter.

Week 4:

  • Takes samples of your soil for testing.
  • Spring bulb planting can begin now and continue through October with fertilizer and water as needed.
  • Prune dead and diseased branches out of plant material.
  • Place garden and plant debris in compost pile; if diseased, discard instead.
  • Leaves that are shredded can be used as mulch or added to the compost bin.


Call your DJFLCI rep to discuss winterization services to protect your landscape.

Your DJFLCI rep can also provide ideas and quotes for holiday decorating services.