- Continue to monitor the mulch around your plants.
- Cut back on watering your lawns, trees, and shrubs and reset your automatic sprinklers and drip systems as the days get shorter and cooler.
- Deep water established trees, shrubs and garden beds.
- New plantings will require more water the first year.
- Regularly water houseplants. Do not let houseplants dry out.
- Remember to continue watering your plants, even as the temperature decreases; dry plants are more easily damaged by freezing temperatures.
- Fertilize house plants with a good water soluble fertilizer.
- Use Sure Green Winterizer on lawns, trees and shrubs.
Yard and Garden
- Seed warm season lawns with native grass seed mixes such as Buffalo or Blue Grama
- Refresh or plant your container gardens with annual flowering plants.
- Mow established lawns weekly.
- Plant fruit trees: Apple, Apricot, Cherry, Pecan, Plum, Pear, Pomegranate.
- Renew mulches as necessary.
- Divide and transplant iris, peonies, and other spring blooms as they go dormant.
- Order spring-blooming bulbs
- Plant spring wildflowers now.
- Plant spring-blooming bulbs as soon as you get them
- Plant cool-season annuals, such as pansies and snapdragons, when the temperature begins to decrease
- Plant any perennials, Divide and replace overcrowded perennial beds. Remember to apply a layer of organic matter to the new bed.
- Cut back annuals when they finish flowering
- Reseed over existing cool-season lawns.
- Now is the ideal time to landscape with trees and shrubs.
- Replace summer flowers with winter-hardy flowers, such as pansies, snapdragons, or dianthus.
- Deadhead spent blooms to encourage flowering.
- Once leaves begin to fall, be sure to remove them from your lawn; wet leaves can block sunlight and increase the chance of disease.
- Leave the foliage on your perennials to help insulate them from the harsh winter conditions.
Insects and Diseases
- Check for pinon needle scale and spray with malathion if you see them.
- Keep an eye open for aphids, spider mites, etc and eliminate as necessary until the first frost.
- Remove any vegetable plants that have stopped producing to reduce the chance of disease or insects.
- Garlic and onions are ready when their tops start to bend over. Remove the tops after they’ve dried and store in a cool place.
- Plant herbs such as thyme, lavender, mints and and so many more!
- Harvest vegetables as they ripen.
- Plant broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Chinese cabbage, carrots, collards, lettuce, and other cool-season vegetables that will winter over.
- Remove old vegetable plants that have stopped producing; this will help eliminate pests and diseases from your garden.
- Prune summer flowering shrubs
- Clean and winterize ponds, waterfalls and fountains.
- Inspect and repair drip irrigation and sprinkler systems as needed.
- Hang a fresh chile ristra for a perfect New Mexican Autumn. Add pansies and gourds for an extra pop of color.
- This is still the best time to plant perennials, trees and shrubs to give them the greatest chance to get established before the spring winds.
- Plant your spring flowering bulbs. Use Dutch Bulb Food to give them a boost for years to come.
- Bring in any houseplants to avoid frost.
- Prune deciduous trees, but only for structural and safety purposes. Do not prune fruit trees until February or March.