Begin to cut back spent perennials as they head to dormancy at the season’s end. We will talk more about late winter/early spring tasks later on. Remember to keep the water coming, as the cooler temperatures DO NOT equate to more moisture. Your lawn needs at least an inch of water a week to continue to build root development and healthy color. Just this past week, we performed our first of several follow-up applications to these newly seeded lawns by adding a root enhancement to the mix (the benefits of which will be realized in the spring!). Later, in mid to late December, we will apply a winterizer to carry us through to pre-emergent season. Most Charlotte lawns are tall turf fescue—a cool season grass. Our lawns were aerated, overseeded and nourished with a starter fertilizer to help carry the summer-stressed turf into the fall.
You should also continue to feed/dead head your annual color to promote blooming in the winter. A bed of pansies is a welcome site on a dreary winter day! And refill the bird feeder while you are out there; they’ll appreciate your efforts.
And as always, “enjoy the garden; it’s another room of your house!”™