1. Reduce irrigation. Continue irrigating (as needed) to prevent drought stress. A good way to tell water is needed is when turf turns blue-gray in color and/or footprinting occurs. Irrigate following onset of frost (browning of
foliage) if needed to prevent winter dehydration in cooler portions of Florida.
2. Make a small brush pile for birds. Attract wildlife by creating a small pile in your yard of supplies birds might need while creating their nest.
Do provide any combination of the following:
Dry grass (make sure the grass hadn’t been treated with pesticides)
Plant fluff or down (e.g. cattail fluff, cottonwood down)
3. Protect your citrus. While unlikely, its possible we get cool temperatures, especially towards the end of the month. Make sure you have sheets or frost cloth ready to use on citrus if we are expecting any freezes.
4. Transplant. Now is a great time to transplant larger plants such as shrubs and small trees. Trees like Crape Myrtles and Red Maples can be transplanted to a better area once the leaves have fallen and they go dormant for the winter. Make sure to water adequately!