Just because summer is over doesn't mean there's no more gardening left to be done. A little prep work now will keep your lawn and garden in top shape for next spring.
After the weather turns cool and stays cool, but before the first frost hits, there are several things you can do to prepare your perennials and evergreens.
First, cut back plants, pull any weeds and rake leaves up.
Charles Hubbard, owner of Al's Garden Center in Winchester, recommends putting lime down.
"That way, it works in with the soil for the spring season," he said.
One advantage of lime is that it makes calcium, an essential nutrient, available to plants.
According to the Royal Horticulture Society, lime also helps maintain a balance between the soil's acidity and alkalinity. The optimum pH for most garden plants and vegetables is 6.5 on the pH scale, which is slightly acid. Most garden soils fall within a range of pH4 to pH9.