With the hours of daily sunlight getting shorter, our grass is slowing down its growth as well. However, we still will need to be mowing to collect leaves and pine straw that will be falling.

But do not drop the lawn mower height, as this can cause stress on the grass and provide more areas for weeds to germinate.

Now is the time to consider applying herbicide to control winter weeds as they germinate or will germinate shortly. It even gives you the opportunity to control any late summer weeds that still are hanging around.

If you have plenty of pine straw that falls, consider applying it to your shrub and flower beds, as a new layer of mulch redefines the beds and gives them a new fresh appearance.

If you do not have much pine straw, consider adding at least a new layer of an inch or two to the beds to make them look refreshed.

At this time of year many people like to trim up shrubs. But do not trim azaleas and other flowering shrubs, as they have already set their blooms for next spring!

If you do trim your azaleas, you will have blooms only on the sides of the plant but very few or none on the top of the plant.

It is time to give roses their last fertilization for the year so they will keep giving many blooms through the fall months.

Many of the garden centers will be getting fall plants to add to our landscape, so its fine to do some planting now. Hold off putting pansies and violas in the ground until late October or early November.

The reason for this is that if the weather is still warm, the plants will stretch and not develop a strong root system, then they can collapse in December or early January.

Last but not forgotten is fall vegetable gardening. The season is in full swing with seeding kale, lettuces, turnips, mustard, English peas and green beans. If you have not started, do them right away.

You can also plant transplants of broccoli, cabbage, collards, cauliflower and Brussel sprouts.

Edward Poenicke is a retired Chatham County extension agent. This article is provided in collaboration with Lawn Doctor of Beaufort County.