Make certain that climbing roses are securely attached to their supports.
Use small stakes or markers where you've planted bulbs or late-starting plants in the perennial garden to avoid disturbing them when you begin spring soil preparation.
Apply protective mulches on the perennial garden after the ground has frozen an inch or two.
Cover strawberries two inches deep with hay or straw.
Bring garden furniture under cover if you have not already done so.
Till the soil in your vegetable garden to help reduce pests next spring. Also,destroy breeding places for pests and disease by removing debris from your garden.
Work a trowelful of bonemeal into the soil around your rosebushes, then hill up more soil or mound bark mulch high around the base of the rose.
Itâ€™s never too late to apply lime to your lawn, as long as snow doesnâ€™t stop you from pushing the spreader. The minerals in lime retain their value until the grass is ready to grow again.
Give the compost pile a good turning before winter sets in.
Give all trees and shrubs plenty of water before the ground freezes.
Check trees around your house for weak branches that should be removed by you now, rather than by snow and ice later.
Bring garden hoses in soon and drain outdoor faucets.
Check the trees around your house for any weak branches that should be removed now, before the snow and ice hits.
Clean shovels, spades, pruners, and garden tools, cleaning all debris and wiping with an oiled cloth. Sharpen blades.
To rejuvenate a tired lawn, aerate, spread a thin topping of compost, and rake again.
Cover empty beds with straw or shredded leaves to keep weeds from growing.
Wrap young evergreens in burlap to protect from the extreme of winter.
To protect tender perennials from harsh winter weather, place a wooden frame over plants after the ground has frozen and fill with leaves.
Scrub and disinfect flowerpots from debris, soaking with mild bleach water solution and rinsing.
You can still plant some spring-blooming bulbs, as long as the soil is workable.
Now is a good time to plant new trees and shrubs; apply a layer of mulch around the plants and keep the soil moist.
Add mulch to flower and bulb beds after the ground freezes to help prevent winter damage.
Bring in any tender houseplants and place them in a sunny spot. Wash off any dust or insects.
Throw away any fruit left on the ground or on the trees; this will help eliminate pests and diseases from your yard.
Store your harvest in a root cellar or cold basement.
Order fruit trees for next year.
Cover trees and shrubs that may be damaged by deer.
Now is the ideal time to landscape with trees and shrubs; dig and transplant trees and shrubs because their roots will continue to grow even though the rest of the plant is dormant.
Prune deciduous trees, but only for structural and safety purposes. Do not prune fruit trees until February or March.
By the end of the month, winterize the lawnmower, wiping off all dirt and debris to avoid rusting and wear.