Autumn Gardening Planner
Do these jobs during the fall and caring for your garden will be easier, quicker and more satisfying the next growing season.
- Prepare beds for spring planting.
- Plant spring bulbs, except tulips, in beds and lawns.
- Plant containers and baskets for winter color.
- Take hardwood cuttings.
- Sow sweet peas for an early display the following year.
- Plant wallflowers for spring color.
- Bring houseplants back indoors, checking for pests and diseases first.
- Protect slightly tender exotics from frost by wrapping in fleece.
- Cover slightly tender perennials with a thick mulch of straw or bark chippings.
- Move tender dahlia tubers and cannas inside.
- Turf or sow lawns.
- Apply a fall lawn fertilizer to established lawns.
- Lay chamomile lawns.
- Make a woodpile shelter for wildlife.
- Prune hedges for the last time.
- Plant shrubs, roses, trees, hedges, climbers and fruit bushes.
- Plant tulips.
- Sow broad beans.
- Plant onions and garlic.
- Grow trees from seed.
- Indoors, plant amaryllis bulbs and prepared hyacinths and narcissi.
- Trim late-flowering shrubs to reduce winter wind damage.
- Rake up fallen leaves and compost.
Any Time of Year
- Make a compost bin; fill, turn and empty when necessary.
- Make a wooden obelisk.
- Create a bog garden.
- Dig out a pond.
- Make a border and lawn edge.
- Make a rose arch.
- Check tree ties, and loosen if necessary.
- Look out for pests and diseases, and take appropriate action.
- Cut out dead or diseased wood.
- Clean all cutting tools after use to prevent spreading plant diseases.