Fall Yard & Garden Checklist

As fall begins to set in, it’s time to prepare for cooler temperatures. Oakridge Nursery has compiled a fall yard and garden checklist to help you make sure you’re ready for fall and eventually, another hash South Dakota winter.

Keep in mind that being proactive now will help yield a better garden next growing season.


  • Divide Peonies, Iris, Hosta, Daylilies, and other spring blooming perennials.
  • Use metal or copper plant stakes where bulbs and late emerging perennials have been planted.
  • Bring houseplants in before nighttime temps dip below 40 degrees.
  • Remove tired annuals and refresh your garden with colorful mums, asteers, and ornamental kale.
  • Get a jump on spring: plant trees, shrubs, and evergreens now!
  • Keep Newly seeded lawns watered.


  • Wrap all young trees with tree wrap.
  • Tip tender garden roses by mid-October.
  • Water all trees, shrubs , and evergreens thoroughly before ground freezes.
  • Prep garden for next spring by adding peat, compost, and other soil amendments.
  • Keep mowing your lawn to prevent snow mold next spring.
  • Empty clay and concrete pots to prevent frost cracking and store in dry spot.
  • Store pesticides and herbicides in airtight containers and keep in a spot that will not freeze.
  • Collect and  recycle fall leaves to avoid excess phosphorous from being introduced into our lakes and rivers.


  • Get a jump on your spring landscaping by taking measurements and a site analysis before the snow flies.
  • Plant your pots and window boxes with spruce tips and other greenery before the ground freezes.

More fall checklist items …

  • Prune shrubs to shape and promote new growth. Spring blooming shrubs should be pruned immediately following blooming.
  • Remove tops of raspberry canes that have fruited; lower portion will bear next summer.
  • Seed lawns before September 20 to establish grass before a frost.
  • Spray broadleaf weeds in lawns.
  • Apply winterizer to promote a healthy lawn.
  • Plant spring bulbs.
  • Divide perennials.
  • Thoroughly water trees and shrubs in late fall.
  • Wrap young trees to prevent winter damage.
  • Mulch tender perennials with leaves.
  • Spray wilt pruf on evergreens to prevent browning.
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