Hill your roses by putting a cone of soil around the base of each rose bush about eight to ten inches up the stem structure.
Burlap rhododendrons and azaleas by making a frame out of stakes and weaving burlap around the stakes. Then loosely fill in the space with leaves. The leaves will act as insulation for the shrub.
Burlap new evergreen plantings. This will insulate the evergreens and help prevent salt damage from traffic spray.
Plant bulbs with the pointy end up!
Plant daffodils and smaller bulbs in September so the root systems have a chance to start growing. Daffodils should be planted eight to ten inches below the soil level and small bulbs should be planted up to four inches below the soil level. Be sure to firmly press the soil on top of the bulbs to make soil contact.
Tulips can be planted any time before the ground freezes. Tulips should be planted eight to ten inches below soil level. Note: Squirrels only dig down about six inches, so planting deeper than that is good protection against squirrels digging them up for food. Planting them too deep, however, may prevent the bulbs from growing as expected. If squirrels are persistent, use chicken wire over the bulbs before covering with soil.
Don’t leave clay pots sitting outside in the winter as freezing temperatures could cause them to chip and crack. Instead, clean them with a stiff brush to get rid of any clinging soil and store them in the garage, garden shed or some other spot out of the elements.
Make sure you weed your garden one last time in late October so they have a lesser chance of coming back in the spring.
Cut the lawn for the last time in the third or fourth week of October. If the grass has a chance to grow a bit longer before the winter, it will be more winter resistant.
You don’t have to completely cut all your perennials back to the ground.