Natural Yard Care Seasonal Maintenance Calendar

  1. Fall
  2. Winter
  3. Spring
  4. Summer

September - November

Flower and vegetable gardens

  • Pull emerging weeds in beds when ground is moist and before they develop deep roots.
  • Mulch garden beds with leaves or compost to reduce winter weeds and feed the soil. Or plant winter cover crops in open beds.
  • Prepare new planting areas by digging in compost. 

Tree and shrub beds

  • Mulch shrub and tree beds with leaves, wood chips, or bark.
  • Plant trees, shrubs, and many perennials in early fall to give them a good start.


  • Improve thin areas of lawns in September - October by aerating, overseeding, and top-dressing with compost.
  • If you missed fertilizing in spring, fertilize lawns with "natural organic" or "slow release" fertilizer in September to develop healthy roots and crowd out weeds.
  • Plant new lawns September 1 - October 15 to give them the best start before next summer.


  • Reduce watering for cooler weather in September.
  • When rains come, shut off and drain watering systems.
  • Put away exposed soaker hoses, or re-cover with mulch if left out.


  • Clear out annual garden growth and compost it for spring. Keep pile as moist as a wrung-out sponge.

Get ready to put your garden to bed for winter

Check out resources and watch a video recording of our "Put Your Garden to Bed" workshop presented by Tilth Alliance.

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