- Fertilize: slow-release high nitrogen lawn food or winterizer will help the roots.
- Overseed with annual ryegrass (most affordable) or perennial ryegrass (more expensive, but easier to maintain, less mowing through winter).
- Watch for brown patch! Circular patches of brown grass, which pulls loose easily from the turf. Water deeply but less often, and avoid nighttime watering. Apply fungicides as necessary, and the grass should recover just fine.
TREES & SHRUBS:
- Water: deeply about once a week.
- Mulch! Nice, even, 1-3" layer of mulch around trees and along shrubs. NO MOUNDING!
- Prune out dead, damaged branches, gently reshape wild growth on shrubs.
- Plant shrubs and trees. Planting in the fall gives them time to establish a great root system so they can emerge bigger, better, and bolder in the spring.
- Mulch! A nice, even, 1-3" layer will help keep out weeds and retain moisture in the soil.
- Fertilize with a high-nitrogen formula to give plants a boost through the nice fall growing season.
- Add compost.
- Pull out summer plants. Most should be pretty shabby and will be goners with the first frost.
- Trim fall mums down to 1-2" so they can come back next year; or remove entire plant.
- Plant or fill in flower beds with cooler color such as snapdragons, dianthus, pansies, ornamental kale and cabbage
- Prime time for planting wildflower seeds - bluebonnets, paintbrushes & more. They'll get the best start in now that we've had some rain!
- Flowering BULBS - daffodils, ranunculus, etc.
- Plant Cool-season crops. From transplants: cole crops like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower. From seed: leafy greens like lettuce, kale, spinach, root crops like carrot, beet, radish, turnip.
- Plant bulbs: onion sets, garlic, shallots
- Harvest end of summer crops - tomatoes, potatoes, beans, peppers. Be sure to pull any fruit before the first frost.
- HERBS: plant cilantro, parsley, dill, mint, lavender, rosemary