-In your lawn, spread winterizer to help store the necessary nutrients it will need during colder months.

-For trees & shrubs, only apply slow release feeders to keep nutrients in the ground at this time of the year. Now is also the time to amend the PH in your beds and lawns. (Lime & sulfur.)

-Freshly planted and young specimen trees as well as flower beds can benefit from a fresh layer of mulch to help with moisture control. This will help insulate the roots and can protect the plant’s crown.

-Less hardy material, such as certain palms and tropical plants will benefit from simple techniques to keep freeze damage at a minimum.

-Creating greenhouses or storing your potted and tropical plants inside the garage over winter will help them survive low temperatures. Remember that the north and west sides of your house will get colder than the south and east sides. Also, pay attention to varieties that will need less water during dormancy.

-Pruning can be done to deciduous ornamentals once they have lost their foliage.

-Any concerns regarding your pipes or watering systems can usually be taken care of by shutting the water off during hard freezing temperatures, and draining lines.

-Make sure all plants are well watered going into a hard freeze.

-Cover tender plants with a cloth, blanket or visqueen. Secure the cover from the ground over the plant. Frost Cloth is the best because it helps insulate the plants while allowing them to breathe. If you cover with visqueen, you must remove the next morning or you will create a greenhouse effect, causing the plants to possibly burn.

-If vegetables or citrus are growing, harvest any before a freeze, and protect the plants.

-Do not prune anything for a week or more after a freeze. It often takes a week or so for all the damage to become evident. Generally, it’s a good idea to delay hard pruning of woody tropical plants, such as hibiscus, until new growth begins in the spring. That way, you can accurately determine which is alive and which is not.