• Poinsettias placed in the flower-bud initiation darkness in September should
be allowed to remain in a sunny window near months end. Feed until bracts
show color and do not expose to evening light until the flowering begins.
• Check plants for pests and treat as necessary.
• Window plants turned occasionally will keep a better shape.
• Amaryllis potted now will bloom by Christmas. Plant one to a five inch pot
inserting the lower third of the bulb in the soil.
• Callas may be potted.
• Geraniums need lots of light and cool conditions to keep from getting leggy.
• Mums may be cut back to three inches and mulched lightly after the ground
• Remove dead foliage from around rose bushes, work in some bone meal around
the plant, then hill soil or mulch about eight inches deep around the canes.
• Cut all suckers from the base of lilac bushes and apply manure or compost.
• Last chance to plant spring blooming bulbs (daffodils, tulips).
• Protect trunks of newly planted shade trees by wrapping loosely with burlap
or paper strips. Place wire or other protector around young fruit trees to
prevent rabbit and mice damage.
• All vegetable garden refuse should be cleaned up and added to the compost.
• After a few frosts, cover strawberry beds with straw, pine needles, or other
• Raspberries planted in sandy soil benefit from an application of rotted manure.
• Clean up and destroy diseased and insect-infested foliage and fruit from the
• Lawns should have about two inches of top growth to go into the winter to
• Leaves raked up can be added to the compost pile or used as mulch.
• Use coldframes to store plants that need protection.