Cleanup and Maintenance
- Now is a great time to clear out new planting beds and apply compost (or leaves and grass clippings) to be ready for spring planting.
- Attack those weeds! Commercial herbicides are particularly effective this time of year, as weeds are storing up nutrients in their roots and quickly absorb the herbicide where it counts.
- Label your perennials and bulbs before they die back to the ground.
- Put out extra bird feeders to support migrating birds.
- Slugs are particularly active in September – apply slug bait, diatomaceous earth, or other slug-control products during this time.
- In the fall, slugs lay clusters of eggs about the size of a small BB. Look under stones, boards, and around the edge of your lawn for these colorless eggs and destroy any you find.
- If you haven’t already ordered your fall bulbs, do so now! Hold off on planting them until after the first frost.
- Simplify leaf clean-up by installing gutter guard, covering open drainpipes, and tuning up or repairing lawn equipment.
- Build a compost bin to collect fall leaves.