1. Rake Leaves
Finish getting the leaves raked up, if they ever finish dropping, before the first snow hits which eliminates lawn damage caused by molding leaves. Rake up the leaves, bag them for garden compost next spring.
2. Apply Winterizing Fertilizer
Fall feeding is the most critical feeding time for your lawn and trees. Fertilome’s Winterizer is one of many great products to build up resistance to winter’s harshness by increasing stem strength and disease resistance.
following the application.
*A drip line is the outer edge to which a plant’s branches spread. This is where rain water tends to naturally drip from the plant and where the root system is concentrated.
Organic Winterizing Products include Earthworm castings which promote root growth and plant nutrition and Soil Activator contains humates. All products are in stock at the store.
3. Clear Gutters and Drains
Removing debris from gutters and outdoor drains unclogs the gutter and prevents water damage to your house and roof. Neglected gutters risks water backing up and seeping into your roof, or spilling down the side of the house causing possible foundation damage.
This step must not be done so early that the gutters re-clog, or the gutters can become frozen with debris inside. Aim, to complete this step when the leaves are down and before the first snow. With our Colorado Indian Summers this step probably needs to be completed in November sometime before Thanksgiving.
4. Insulate Plants
Protecting plants with a “jacket” for the inevitable extremely cold freezing temperatures helps eliminate winter-kill and promote plant health. Cover plants and their roots with at least a one inch layer of mulch or a thicker pile of leaves.
5. Drain Pumps, Lawn Sprinklers and Hoses
Hopefully this job is done already, but if not, it must be done right away before the deep freeze of winter sets in or you will most probably incur broken, pipes, sprinkler heads and and other damage that will need to be repaired next Spring.