Although the nights might be getting cooler and the summer weather is beginning to fade, it doesn’t mean that we all have to abandon our gardens; there are still plenty of things to be done this fall. From making sure your garden is ready for colder weather to planting the right vegetables – your garden to-do list this fall is far from empty!
There’s no doubt that your garden will have seen a lot of use this summer, so having a good clean up in preparation for the next season should be firmly on your list. Before you start anything, make sure to harvest ripe fruit and vegetables.
Removing old plants, doing the weeding and making space for new plants is detrimental to ensuring the new plants develop over the winter months.
Plant the Right Vegetables
Fall is the perfect time for planting new shrubs as the weather is cooler and rainfall is more frequent. However, planting in fall is often in preparation for next spring, so whilst you won’t be able to reap the benefits of your hard work until next year, we’re sure it will be worth it!
So what exactly are the right things to plant this fall? Most lettuces can be grown at the end of September/October. October is also a great time to plant trees as there will be sufficient water in the ground for them to grow efficiently. Finally, fall is the right time to plant spring bulbs which include tulips and daffodils.
Rake the Garden Lawn
There are all sorts of discussions over whether you should or shouldn’t rake your garden – the main argument against is that keeping leaves over the top of your lawn is thought to provide nutrients to the soil. However, should you decide to rake the lawn, rather than throw your leaves in the bin create a compost heap.
Winter can cause potential damage to your decking over the colder months due to increased rainfall,l so it’s important that you use a good decking oil which will provide a vital layer of waterproofing and restore nutrients to your deck.
Don’t Prune too Soon
Although some people begin pruning in fall, many garden experts wouldn’t recommend this. The main issue is that pruning promotes growth, this is what you want to prevent going into colder months. Most plants stay at their best when they are dormant in winter.
So, after a relaxing summer, now is the time to get busy in your garden!
Sources: Images: 1: Deborah Cerbone Associates, Inc., 2: Deborah Cerbone Associates, Inc., 3: Crisp Architects, 4: Fox Associates, Inc., 5: Johnsen Landscapes & Pools.
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