Put down lime or fertilizer early in the month.
Overseed the lawn early in the month.
Mow grass a bit lower, to a height of one inch or one and a half inches, to make getting leaves up easier.
Bring in tender plants.
Purchase a heater if you want to winter over the fish.
Bring in tender bulbs for storage.
Plant hardy spring bulbs.
Plant garlic now.
Cut back perennials as they die back for the season.
Tie up ornamental grasses so they stand tall for winter interest.
Trees and Shurbs
Continue to plant new plants.
Move trees and shrubs if you need to.
Do not move birch, oak, cherries, pear trees, or stone fruit till spring.
Water newly planted trees and shrubs throughout the month, especially if it's been a dry month.
Around the Yard
Open new beds.
Weed before weeds go to seed.
Mark the areas where you've placed bulbs so you won't dig them up accidentally.
Note areas where you need to put new plants for next year. Often, in the spring, we forget where these areas are.
Chop up leaves for mulch in the garden; don't just rake them into piles on the beds.
Harden off plants that have been outside all summer and get them used to the indoors.
Check your snowblower.
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