Complete your final winter bed preparations. Rake up remaining leaves for composting or leaf mulch. Cut back any perennials you’re not planning to leave up for winter interest. Mulch tender perennials and roses to prevent frost heaves that could damage crowns and rootstocks. Get the last bulbs in the ground before it freezes!
Your Brussell Sprouts and Parsnips should be ready to harvest now, and you might still be producing Kale, Carrots, Swiss Chard, and Leeks depending on the weather.
A good rule of thumb for trees and shrubs planted in the fall is to keep watering them, typically once a week (weather dependent) through thanksgiving. This should give them plenty of time to push new roots and will set them up well for their first winter. Then, give thanks that your watering duties are complete!
After a long and successful growing season, your tools deserve a few months off. Clean, sharpen and oil your pruners, loppers, trimmers, snips, and other tools before putting them away for their winter hibernation. Proper care will keep your tools functional for years to come.
Guard against damage from deer, snow and harsh winter winds. Wrap the bottom of thin-trunked trees in burlap or fencing to prevent the deer from girdling them during the rutting season. If you have plants that the deer find delectable, take steps now to protect them over the winter – wrap shrubs in burlap or deer fencing, or use winter-approved deer sprays to keep the hungry critters at bay. Burlap can pull double duty and protect broadleaf evergreens (Boxwood, Hoolies, Rhododendron) from winter burn caused by harsh winter winds and cold temperatures. You can also use an anti-desiccant (we like to use Wilt-Pruf) to prevent excessive water loss from the leaves of broadleaf evergreen plants.