Although the mid-afternoons are still balmy and summer-like, crisper temperatures aren’t far away.

According to Purdue Co-op Master Gardeners, this month is the perfect time to address the needs of your plantings, shrubs and lawn — while doing yard work is still a pleasure.

Here are some to-dos for your RoseLake Estates property to keep it cared for and ready for a long winter’s sleep:

  • Add compost to any garden beds and turn it over
  • Plant any spring bulbs; then mulch
  • Keep up with leaf removal
  • Apply fall lawn weed and feed
  • Clean out gardening containers and flower pots; safely storing them for next spring
  • Save seeds from flower heads. Dry on newspaper or paper towels and store in airtight containers
  • Trim bushes now, rather than after they bud in spring to encourage stronger growth
  • Sharpen, oil and store outdoor equipment
  • Drain hoses and turn off spigots to prevent freeze.

RoseLake Estate homeowners take good care of their property, and we encourage that. Please let management know if you spot a dead trees or fallen limb. We want to keep our neighborhood safe and well cared for — for all of our neighbors to enjoy.