Fall Garden Checklist

Vegetable Gardens

  • Dig remaining carrots, leeks, potatoes and store for winter harvest
  • Pick all remaining harvest (to ripen green tomatoes, place in a dark paper bag)
  • Dig and divide congested clumps of rhubarb.
  • Cut back raspberry canes that have grown too long, to prevent damage caused by winter winds.
  • Finish your bountiful harvest and tidy up your garden, add compost and dig it in.


  • Prune overgrown shrubs and remove dead branches
  • Clean out gardens by removing spent annual plants and add (disease-free) to compost
  • Get a head-start on next year and remove weeds
  • Add finished compost to gardens
  • Add mulch for more insulation to the garden and avoid soil temperature fluctuations
  • Leave seed heads for winter interest and food for birds
  • Divide and transplant perennials
  • Leave ornamental grasses for winter interest and prune in spring
  • Keep watering evergreens until ground freezes

Roses:  Hybrid Tea, Floribunda and Grandiflora roses must have the crown protected by 6″-8″ of soil or a Styrofoam hut (remove in spring)

  • Wrap spiral plastic collars on young fruit trees to protect them from rodent damage
  • Avoid rodent damage by using Scoot (natural product, bad tasting to the animals)


  • Dethatch and aerate to prevent soil compaction
  • Add compost
  • Remove weeds now before they go to seed
  • Mow regularly to prevent disease (keep about 3″ high)
  • Clear lawn of all debris (leaves, sticks, rocks)
  • Rake all leaves and add to compost or go over some with mulching mower

Tool Storage

  • Remove grime and dirt from tools
  • Wipe with an oily rag before storing to keep from rusting