This article was provided by Andy Carlson of Ace Hardware – Alameda Station.  
Visit Andy’s store at: 
417 South Broadway
Denver, Colorado 80209

It is September and although it can still feel like summer, cooler temperatures are just around the corner.  Here are a few of our best tips for getting your lawn and garden areas ready for Fall and Winter.
(1) Aerate your lawn.  This can be done with a simple step-on core aerator but many people hire a service to do it with a gas-powered aerator.
(2) Apply a winterizer fertilizer, with weed control if appropriate, to your lawn in September or October.  We recommend great winterizing products from Scott’s or Ace that can be applied with a spreader.  If you are over seeding you should not apply a winterizing fertilizer with weed control.  The herbicides in weed control products prevent the seeds from germinating.  Our helpful associates can help you select the right product.  [Pictured:  Ace Green Turf Winterizer 5,000 Sq. Ft. $13.99]
Ace Winterizer 
(3) If your lawn is thinner than you’d like, now is a great time to over seed.  Apply seed evenly with a spreader and follow the watering instructions on your seed package.
(4) If you have annual flower beds, remove old plant matter from the garden and add it to your compost bin.
(5) Add finished compost to your soil and turn the soil with a pitch fork or rototill the soil.  This will make your Spring planting much easier.
(6) Plant Spring flowering bulbs such as tulips, daffodils or flowering onions before the first frost.
(7) You can further protect beds in winter by applying mulch.  If you have a mulching leaf vac like the Black & Decker Leaf Hog this is a great way to economically generate your own mulch.  [Pictured: Black & Decker Leaf Hog $54.99]
Leaf Hog 
(8) For perennial beds, remove old stalks and leaves and apply mulch if desired.  Cut roses back 6″ – 12″ and apply a mound of fresh top soil and mulch around each plant base.
(9) By mid-September, make sure you bring-in any houseplants you have allowed to summer outside.  Nighttime temperatures can really dip later in September and snow or frost is definitely possible.
(10) Reduce watering of trees and large shrubs in the Fall so they harden-off for Winter.  Once the leaves have fallen, give them a final thorough watering using a deep root waterer.  [Pictured:  Ross Root Feeder $25.99]
Root Feeder(11) When the weather turns cold, cover your compost bin with a tarp to prevent compost material from being blown away in winter storms.

If you have specific questions about your lawn or garden this Fall, please see David, Betty or Marie in the Lawn & Garden Department or ask any of our helpful associates at Ace Hardware – Alameda Station