If your potted plants haven’t been moved inside, and you know there will be a cold snap, water thoroughly and place the pots on their side, under trees, shrubs, benches or tables. If you feel that you need to cover planted, tender plants, cover with sheets, burlap or row cover. Keep plastic from touching the leaves. If the plastic is resting on the leaves and they freeze, it will damage the leaves. Plan to place the tender plants inside before a hard freeze.
Harvest new potatoes. If the weather is dry, the potatoes can remain in the ground for a while after the first frost. Harvest cauliflower and broccoli before a freeze if their heads are showing. Harvest mature green tomatoes before the first frost. Place them in a warm sunny place, like the window sill until fully ripe.
When the peach trees lose their leaves, apply a copper spray to prevent bacterial infection in the spring.
Pecans will begin to drop this month. They may be stored in the freezer or refrigerator. Keep stored nuts away from onions and oranges.
Plant cool season bedding plants for more color. Use pansy, Johnny jump-ups, petunia, dianthus, snapdragon, candytuft and calendula. Continue to dead-head the old blossoms to keep the flowers blooming. Also, continue to fertilize. Plant container-grown trees, shrubs and vines. Continue to water and feed the entire landscape if we don’t get regular rain. Add mulch to all of the new plantings as well as established landscape.
It is too late to plant Bermuda or buffalo grass, but you may plant the rye grasses. Overseed the bare spots in the lawn with annual rye grass. You will have a green lawn all winter.