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Automatic sprinkler controllers connect to sprinkler or drip systems through a valve system. They are electronic, programmable, and allow for multiple stations. Like timers, unless equipped with rain or moisture sensors, they will continue to run as programmed even through the rain. Installing a wifi-enabled controller allows you remote access to make adjustments needed while you’re away — whether it’s delaying watering due to rain or adding some extra time if a heatwave passes through.

What's my fav memory of TOH? That's like picking which kid I love the most but if I had to pick something (at least at the very beginning) it would be that I missed home. Most of what little family we have is from So Maine while we lived in Maryland. Seeing a bunch of Bostonians/ N.E'ders on my TV every week with their accents and terms doing something I liked to do I was hooked from day one on TOH and New Yankee Workshop. Never had a work shop with a double sided angle plunging table dado saw like Norm but I could swing a hammer. Bought my first home at 18 and moved right in. Three days later a Housing Inspector knocked on my door with a Condemn order. 18 months later it was the nicest house in the hood. Did everything myself with a weekly pay check, a Black and Decker- Basic Electric book and TOH. Cant remember how many houses I've done since and just finished a attic to basement remodel of a townhouse we picked up a couple months ago (I'm by trade a floor installer, lol). Thanks to these folks (I was raised by a single mom) sparking my interest in this stuff has made a good life for me and my family and I thank you all for it. I would have never been able to afford a lot of the houses, especially my first house if they were not in the condition they were in when I got them. After watching TOH for 8 years before my first I looked at a nearly condemned house as a opportunity.Teachers will say if they just connect with that one kid they were a success. Well you all did.
Before you forget your gardening successes and failures, now’s the time to log them in your gardening journal. If you don’t keep a formal gardening journal, just write up your notes and store them where you’ll find them. Write down what worked well and what didn’t, and what plants you hope to acquire and try next year. Now’s the time to jot down a quick garden sketch and note where you planted those spring bulbs, too. Nothing is worse than happily digging in the spring garden to plant a few pansies, only to realize you’ve dug up your prize tulips bulbs!
Spring is the time to use a preemergent herbicide on crabgrass, and timing is of the essence. Crabgrass seed germinates when the soil temperature reaches 55 to 60 degrees F. You need to apply the preemergent herbicide prior to this time. But it's too much trouble to keep sticking a thermometer in the ground to see if it's time yet. There's a more convenient method, used by the old-timers, and it involves keeping tabs on the flowering shrubs in your area. According to this method, just apply the preemergent herbicide sometime between when the forsythias stop blooming and the lilacs begin blooming.
One of the key aspects of fall cleanup is the removal of potentially problem pests and disease. When you rake up old leaves and debris, you are removing a hiding place for overwintering insects and pests. The old plant material left behind is a perfect refuge for diseases such as fungal spores, which can infect fresh new plants in spring. Garden clean up should also include maintenance of the compost pile and proper practices to prevent mold and seed bloom.
Unfortunately, many gardeners still think of this kind of hack-it-all-down and rake-it-all-up gardening clean up as good gardening, but in case you haven’t already noticed, I’m here to tell you times have changed. Preparing Your Garden for the Winter is a completely different class these days. We now understand how our yards can become havens for creatures, large and small, depending on what we plant in them and how we tend to our cultivated spaces. Thanks to books like Doug Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home, we now know how important native plants are for insects, birds, amphibians, and even people. Our gardens play an important role in supporting wildlife and what we do in them every autumn can either enhance or inhibit that role.
If you prefer a more hands-on approach, don’t have a terribly large area, or just need to spot water, then pick up the hose and get watering. One benefit of watering by hand is it gives you some face-to-face time with your garden. Watering with a hose can be wasteful, but if that’s not a concern where you are, then by all means, get out in your garden and spend some time.
Clean and store your garden tools. All hand tools should be washed, disinfected in a solution of water and bleach, rinses, dried and stored properly. Gasoline-powered tools should be stored and cleaned according to the manufacturers’ directions. Now’s the time to bring lawn mower and other blades in to be sharpened; demand is low, and your tools will be clean, sharp and ready to use in the spring! And don’t forget to hang up those bird feeders now – or make a bird feeder!

Twenty-some years ago, fresh out of college with a horticulture degree in-hand, I started teaching adult education classes at a local botanic garden. For many years, I taught a class called Preparing Your Garden for the Winter. It was all about how to clean up the garden every fall. I would show slides (remember those?) of how well-kept gardens should look in January. In the images, every plant was cut to the nub, except for the ornamental grasses and butterfly bushes, and the whole garden was snug under a thick layer of mushroom soil mulch. The roses were neatly trimmed to two feet and wrapped in a blanket of burlap, folded and stapled closed to keep them protected from freezing winds. There was nary a fallen leaf in sight; everything was raked up and hauled off. 
Mature landscapes with large trees drop huge amounts of leaves after the growing season. If not properly cleaned up, your grass and plants will suffer greatly during the next growing season. Leaf accumulation will smother plants and attract unwanted insects and molds. Our leaf cleanup service includes the entire lawn, all flower beds, and concrete surfaces. After the cleanup is complete, our crews will haul off all debris and dispose of them at an approved recycling center.
Mulch does many wonderful things for your garden: conserves water, cools plant roots, feeds the soil, smothers weeds. There's no question that every garden deserves a layer of mulch. Wait until the soil warms up and dries out a bit, before replenishing your mulch. Be sure to keep it away from the stems and crowns of your plants and, if you’re hoping for some self-seeding volunteers, give them a chance to germinate before you cover the bed with mulch.

Remove dead annual flowers and vegetables. Dead plants in the garden are not only unattractive, but they can also harbor diseases. Fallen seeds can sprout into next year’s volunteers or random seedlings. You may want such plants or not. Cleaning up spent plants adds to the health of your garden. Compost healthy plant material but don’t compost frost-killed flowers and vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, and others unless you want seeds in your compost for next year.
If the soil is dry enough to move around in your garden, remove the old winter mulch. If it’s decomposing, and it’s free of weed seeds and hasn’t been used around plants that suffered from diseases, it’s fine to work it into your soil to help improve it. Replace as needed with fresh mulch. Don’t forget mulching your shrubs and trees, too, to help conserve moisture once hot weather arrives.
This year’s gardening season may be in the books, but there is one last thing you should do before winter arrives. Your lawn, garden and flower beds all need a good clean-up so they can be put to bed for the winter. Weeding, removing plants and flowers as well as debris is an important step to ensure that your gardens will thrive in the coming spring.

If you prefer a more hands-on approach, don’t have a terribly large area, or just need to spot water, then pick up the hose and get watering. One benefit of watering by hand is it gives you some face-to-face time with your garden. Watering with a hose can be wasteful, but if that’s not a concern where you are, then by all means, get out in your garden and spend some time.


When cleaning gardens don’t forget bulbs and tender plants. Any plant that will not survive winter in your zone needs to be dug up and transplanted. Then they are put in the basement or garage where they will not freeze. Bulbs that cannot overwinter are dug up, cut back the foliage, dry them for a few days and then place them in paper bags. Let them rest in a dry area until spring.
In established perennial beds that performed well the prior year, working in some additional compost around your plants to fertilize them and make the soil more friable is the best thing you can do (beyond the tasks already discussed). Also remove weed plants as you encounter them (plus old, dead growth you didn't remove in the fall): There's no sense in letting them get ahead of you.
Another option (and the one I prefer) is to take the cut stems and gather them into small bundles of a few dozen stems each. Tie the bundles together with a piece of jute twine and hang them on a fence or lean them against a tree on an angle. Again, the insects sheltering inside of them will emerge when they’re ready. An added bonus of this method: More insects, especially native bees, will move in to the stems and possibly use them as brood chambers all summer long.
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