Yardwork never has a holiday

I love fall in October -- and hate it by December. Last weekend, I spent eight hours raking leaves, and that just took off the top layer at our place.


There are still flower beds to clean out (which has to be done by hand), and the trees aren't done yet.

But enough whining.

It's time for garden chores. It may feel like it's time to make merry, but your garden is also calling. Here is a to-do list for the month, thanks to our Richmond County Extension Agent, Sid Mullis, and professional gardeners Walter Reeves and Erica Glasener.

- Keep planting those shrubs and trees in the landscape.

- Mulch around shrubs 3-5 inches deep.

- Take a soil test if you haven't done so in a few years, or if you have created a new planting area.

- Keep blasting winter weeds in the lawn with a post-emergent herbicide.

- Continue to clean up your flower beds by cutting flower stalks that are dying; weed and mulch.

- Plant garlic.

- Plant asparagus later this month.

- Harvest fall vegetables (mine are still measurable in e inches).

- If you have passed on the fall vegetable scene, till your garden.

- Put that compost to use everywhere.

- Dig up and store any plants not likely to make it through winter and bring in any houseplants still pretending to be wild things outdoors.

- Clean tools, lubricate and sharpen those that need it.

- Get those annuals (larger size needed now) and bulbs in the ground pronto.

- Monitor plants brought in from the outdoors to ensure any pest can be dealt with promptly.

For the first time in months, the lawn and roses don't need constant attention, which is the only reason not to destroy them.

Oh yeah, in all that free time you have this month -- get out there and rake those leaves!

PLANT SALE: McCorkle Nurseries is holding a plant sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It's at Neals Mill Farm, 5936 Mattie Harrison Road in Dearing, between Neals Mill Road and Luckey's Bridge Road. Call (706) 595-6052.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.


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