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  • You will need to continue to maintain your lawn on your regular schedule this month. If you have a broadleaf weed issue in the turf, now is a great time to take care of that. Lower the mowing height 1 to 2 notches from the summer height. Cutting shorter at about 1 1/2" to 2" will help reduce disease activity.
  • Your perennials are now ready to be cut to the ground. Be sure to throw them in the compost pile.
  • Roses should be pruned down to waist height high to protect them from wind in the winter and then prune them again in February for the final winter pruning.
  • Late in the month pull your hanging baskets and prepare them for winter. Geraniums and fuchsias can be stored indoors or in a protected area for use next spring.
  • Time to plant winter color. Pansies in bloom will bloom for the entire winter if the temperature doesn’t get too low. This is a great way to keep color in your yard the entire year.
  • You can still move your iris, but this is the last month. Cut the tops back 6 to 8 inches from the ground and really break up the plant before replanting.
  • By mid October, your irrigation system can be shut down. You can drain the system or give us a call and we can provide a forced air winterization to guarantee your system from freeze damage.
  • Compost all the leaves and any other plant material that will decompose.


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